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Great Horned Owl

7 Mar Article [Rose-Mary King ]
5 Mar Cheyenne Audubon field trip Mar. 21: Front Range lakes [Barb Gorges ]
5 Mar Cheyenne Audubon lecture Mar. 17 features Dennis Knight, "The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes: 20 Years of Research and Change [Barb Gorges ]
5 Mar Habitat Hero Workshop March 28 sold out [Barb Gorges ]
3 Mar No Subject [Hustace Scott ]
2 Mar CORRECTION OOPS [Bob Hargis ]
2 Mar Saturday birding around Riverton Lander and Hudson in the cold fog and even some snow [Bob Hargis ]
1 Mar gre [Ann Hines ]
1 Mar Gray Reef/Alcova [Zachariah Hutchinson ]
1 Mar mountain bluebird [ ]
1 Mar perhaps an error in judgement and foul weather friends ["Deibert, Pat" ]
28 Feb 33 Mile Rd addition [Bruce Walgren ]
28 Feb 33 Mile Rd, etc [Bruce Walgren ]
28 Feb Geese in Nebraska [Debbie Adams ]
28 Feb Audubon Rockies Bioblitz save the date ["Downey, Dustin" ]
27 Feb apology/thanks [Milton Plaugher ]
27 Feb Great Horned Owl [Zachariah Hutchinson ]
26 Feb virginia warbler and juniper titmouse [Milton Plaugher ]
24 Feb loon [Ann Hines ]
24 Feb Casper area [ ]
24 Feb arpund Riverton and ocean Lake Sunday [Bob Hargis ]
23 Feb Birding Wyoming [Zachariah Hutchinson ]
23 Feb No Subject [Hustace Scott ]
23 Feb Re: Question for the Wyo bird list [Emilene Ostlind ]
23 Feb Snipe or Boreal Owl? (Snowies near Laramie) [David McDonald ]
23 Feb Question for the Wyo bird list [Emilene Ostlind ]
23 Feb New Wyoming and Colorado eBird blog [Donald Jones ]
22 Feb Evening Grosbeaks in Laramie [Shay Howlin ]
20 Feb Birding in May [Milton Plaugher ]
19 Feb Sundance feeder birds ["jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Feb Sundance feeder birds []
15 Feb Albany County - Rosy-finches + [Shawn Billerman ]
15 Feb Unusual sights in Casper [Elyse Johnson ]
14 Feb Spearfish, S. D. birds []
14 Feb Spearfish, S. D. birds ["jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Feb Good Birding [debbie wagner ]
10 Feb Alcova Reservoir, Pathfinder Dam, and Fremont Power Substation [Rich Weaver ]
10 Feb pine [Ann Hines ]
8 Feb Bird Banter for Feb. 8, 2015: Be a Habitat Hero [Barb Gorges ]
5 Feb Cheyenne Audubon co-sponsoring Habitat Hero Workshop Mar. 28 [Barb Gorges ]
3 Feb Cheyenne Audubon free public lecture Feb. 17: A student's adventure in Kenya [Barb Gorges ]
2 Feb Long-eared Owl [Elizabeth Boehm ]
2 Feb Jan. 31, Birding [Rex Myers ]
31 Jan Nice weather birding [debbie wagner ]
31 Jan bald eagle ["starla AT mammon.us" ]
26 Jan Cheyenne Audubon field trip Feb. 7: Local birding [Barb Gorges ]
20 Jan Fwd: Alcova and Gray Reef [Rich Weaver ]
20 Jan Horn Larks []
20 Jan Horn Larks ["jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Jan Keyhole, Wy. Pinyon Jays []
19 Jan Keyhole, Wy. Pinyon Jays ["jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Jan Wind River Canyon [debbie wagner ]
14 Jan Reshaw Park [Bruce Walgren ]
13 Jan Riverton CBC [Tom Axthelm ]
14 Jan Jackson CBC results [Susan Patla ]
12 Jan Reshaw Park [Rich Weaver ]
12 Jan Re: results of the Cheyenne CBC [Greg Johnson ]
12 Jan Bird Banter for January 2015--archiving old columns [Barb Gorges ]
10 Jan gray crowned rosy finch [Gary & Judi Ogle ]
10 Jan Robins at Split Rock [George Jones ]
7 Jan Cheyenne Audubon lecture Jan. 20: Antarctica [Barb Gorges ]
7 Jan 33 Mile Road [Rich Weaver ]
6 Jan "Nunn Guy" Birding: "Raptor Alley Field Trip #2 [Gary Lefko ]
5 Jan Torrington yard [Jeanna Fitz ]
5 Jan Cheyenne Back Yard [ ]
5 Jan Immature bald or Golden [Jacqueline M Hauptman ]
5 Jan No Subject [Hustace Scott ]
4 Jan Torrington back yard ,Oops! [Claylene ]
4 Jan Torrington back yard [Jeanna Fitz ]
3 Jan Grey Crowned Rosy-Finch ["Gerald N. Johnson" ]
31 Dec No Subject [Hustace Scott ]
30 Dec snow bunting [ ]
30 Dec Green River CBC [Fern Linton ]
29 Dec Towhees [SUBSCRIBE WYOBIRDS Anonymous ]
29 Dec Cheyenne Country Club Sunday [ ]
28 Dec No Subject [Hustace Scott ]

Subject: Article
From: Rose-Mary King <kingchick3547 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 02:44:50 -0700
I sent you an Article using Google drive bracket
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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon field trip Mar. 21: Front Range lakes
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:01:46 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For immediate release, Mar. 5, 2015

 

Cheyenne Audubon schedules field trip Mar. 21 to Colorado Front Range lakes

                Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society members invite anyone
interested in water birds for a free field trip Mar. 21 to visit Colorado
Front Range lakes in the Fort Collins area. 

                Participants will leave at 8 a.m. from the parking lot in
Lions Park, south of the Paul Smith Children's Village, next to the old
Community House. Carpooling may be available. Return to Cheyenne may be as
late as 1 p.m., but anyone with their own transportation is welcome to leave
the trip at any time.

                Dress for changing weather conditions and a little bit of
walking. Bring lunch and water if you like. Rest stops are scheduled.

                Anyone interested in the trip who wants notice of any
changes in plans due to weather may call Mark Gorges, 634-0463. 

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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon lecture Mar. 17 features Dennis Knight, "The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes: 20 Years of Research and Change
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:48:05 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463

Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society

For immediate release, Mar. 5, 2015

Cheyenne Audubon Lecture Mar. 17 features Dennis Knight, "The Ecology of
Wyoming Landscapes: 20 years of Research and Change"

                Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society's lecture series on
Mar. 17 features University of Wyoming professor emeritus Dennis Knight,
author of "Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes." He'll
discuss changes in Wyoming's landscapes and our understanding of it between
the time the first edition of the book was published 20 years ago and the
second edition today. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood
Room of the Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. 

                For more information about this and other Audubon
activities, please contact Mark, 634-0463, mgorges AT juno.com
 , or visit the chapter website,
http://home.lonetree.com/audubon/. 

Many changes-some discouraging, others hopeful-have occurred in the Rocky
Mountain region since the first edition of this widely acclaimed book was
published. 

                Wildlife habitat has become more fragmented, once-abundant
sage grouse are now scarce, and forest fires occur more frequently. At the
same time, wolves have been successfully reintroduced, and new approaches to
conservation have been adopted. 

                For this updated and expanded second edition, the authors
(Dennis Knight, UW professor emeritus, and George Jones) provide a highly
readable synthesis of research undertaken in the past two decades and
address two important questions: How can ecosystems be used so that future
generations benefit from them as we have? How can we anticipate and adapt to
climate changes while conserving biological diversity? 

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Subject: Habitat Hero Workshop March 28 sold out
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:34:55 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For Immediate Release, Mar. 5, 2015

 

Habitat Hero Workshop March 28 sold out

 

                Tickets for the Habitat Hero Workshop scheduled for March 28
have been sold out. To be put on the waiting list for the event sponsored by
Laramie County Master Gardeners and Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society,
please contact Mark Gorges, 634-0463, mgorges AT juno.com
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Subject: No Subject
From: Hustace Scott <hustace AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:46:22 -0700
Yesterday, I had an immature White-crowned Sparrow at my feeder.  I last
saw him about Christmas.  This morning, I have Gray-crowned Rosy Finches,
Cassin's Finches, House Finches, American Goldfinches and Juncos.

Stacey Scott
SW of Casper

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Subject: CORRECTION OOPS
From: Bob Hargis <bhargis AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:46:26 -0700
Sorry to Katherine CRAWFORD our birding companion on this trip.

Her husband Dr. Jackson Crawford and she are a wonderful addition to the
Fremont County birding community

Bob Hargis


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Subject: Saturday birding around Riverton Lander and Hudson in the cold fog and even some snow
From: Bob Hargis <bhargis AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:24:43 -0700
Hello Birders

Dr's Joe and Candy Turner and Katherine Jackson went birding looking for
Sage Grouse Lek locations for future photo opportunities.

The Twin Creek lek out of Lander was inaccessible still as were other known
sites but some interesting birds and arrivals were seen.

Like Casper reports there was a single male Mt. Bluebird at Dry Lake.

150+ Gray-crowned Rosy finches at first house on left up the Red Canyon road
off 287 south of Lander.  A probable Black Rosy finch was seen but not
relocated and seen well in the fast flitting flock as fast and furtive he
flew.

Rough -legged hawks and a single Am. Kestrel and a good number of Red-winged
blackbirds seen along Lyons Valley Rd.

 

Robins are in good numbers around Riverton and Lander area

Townsend's solitaires in Sinks Canyon 

 

Around the Hargis home west of Riverton are good numbers of 

Pine siskins, 

Amer. Goldfinches

Juncos of several hues

A Northern Goshawk was photographed there too and later seen with Eur.
Collared dove across the Wind River being dined upon

Song sparrows trying to start songs

Hairy and Downy woodpeckers at feeders with WB nuthatches.

 

Enjoy the last of winter?

Bob Hargis

 


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Subject: gre
From: Ann Hines <annhines12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:27:26 -0700
Add the American Wigeon down river from Grey Reef.

Ann in Casper


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Subject: Gray Reef/Alcova
From: Zachariah Hutchinson <zachsbirdnerds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:53:55 -0500
Hello All,

I didn't see Chris Michelson's report until I returned home just now. I have 
some additions to his report. 


Gray Reef:

Red-breasted Merganser - 1 (female)


Alcova (near the Marina):

Mountain Bluebird - 8 (6 males, 2 females)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD - 1 (male)

The EASTERN BLUEBIRD was loosely associating with a flock of robins and 1 
solitaire. 


Good birding,

Zach
Casper

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Subject: mountain bluebird
From: Chris Michelson <0000001af3511208-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:11:06 -0500
Greetings birders
  Since the weather was more clement today I traveled out to Gray  Reef, 
Alcova and the Lusby fishing access.  The first spring passerine  migrant for 
this year was a male mountain bluebird found near the entrance to  the Gray 
Reef dam.  Also present at Gray Reef was a greater scaup mixed in  with a flo
ck of lesser scaup.  There were at least 2 Barrow's goldeneye  drakes in 
the large flocks of common goldeneye.  Both hooded mergansers and  common 
mergansers were present.  The long present western grebe was at the  face of 
Alcova dam along with the two American white pelicans which seemed to  have 
wintered over there.  The Lusby fishing access produced quite a few  northern 
pintail.  Alcova lake has iced over again except for a couple of  open spots. 
 I would not walk on the new ice.  Good birding to  all.
Chris Michelson
Casper, WY

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Subject: perhaps an error in judgement and foul weather friends
From: "Deibert, Pat" <pat_deibert AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:08:56 -0700
Hello all!

Yesterday while driving to Cheyenne on Happy Jack road I saw a killdeer
frantically flitting in the falling snow.  While it did not "speak" it
seemed to be clearly frustrated with being fooled by the early spring
weather that graced Wyoming for the past few weeks.  I muttered something
about it being February in Wyoming and what did it think, to which my
daughter reminded me that not only could the bird not hear me (or
understand if it did), but that we had all been pulled into a little spring
foolishness by the extended warm temperatures.

Many birds abandoned my feeders during the warmth, most notably the
gray-crowned rosy finches. This was much to the delight of the Cassin's
finches (displaying a decidedly female dominance - at least in terms of
numbers).  The brown-capped rosy finches that Shawn Billerman spotted on my
deck just before the holidays were not fooled by the warmth and continued
to entertain both me and my strictly indoor cats.  I also continue to be
engrossed by the nuthatch trifecta.  I get that red-breasted nuthatches are
not a novelty, but they are uncommon at my house and such a delightful
splash of color on the winter-gray trunks of the surrounding pines.

Now that winter has revealed its true colors once again my foul-weathered
friends have also returned.  Mountain chickadees, hairy and downy
woodpeckers, Cassin's finches, gray-crowned rosy finches (in great
abundance), juncos (finally!), nuthatch trifecta, and Stellar's jays).
Ravens grace the sky and on truly fortunate nights the nesting great-horned
owls to the north of the house "greet me" with their haunting calls.  (My
local hometown feed store is also celebrating their return given my
increased business!)

While I am truly enjoying the rough-legged hawks I'm excited to see the
red-tails pairing up (although I desperately want to provide advice to the
pair that has set up shop at the intersection of I-25 and Happy Jack road -
sometimes I hate genetic selection....).  The bluebird houses are fixed,
cleaned and ready! Warm thoughts for cold days - but it is March in
Wyoming....

Hopeful birding from the burb's of Buford!

pat

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Subject: 33 Mile Rd addition
From: Bruce Walgren <piranga AT BRESNAN.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:25:58 -0700
In addition to the birds previously mentioned, we observed a Great-horned
Owl on a nest.  We could only see the head and "ear" tufts above the nest,
so we couldn't tell if this was the pale owl that Zach found in the same
area yesterday.

 

Bruce & Donna Walgren

Casper, WY


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Subject: 33 Mile Rd, etc
From: Bruce Walgren <piranga AT BRESNAN.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:51:56 -0700
Birders,

 

We drove around 33 Mile Rd and areas east and north of there (NW of Casper)
around 10 AM this morning.  We hoped to find some winter Longspurs or
Buntings, but were only able to find a handful of Horned Larks. We did find
raptors and ravens 3 1st year Golden Eagles, 1 adult Bald Eagle, 1
Red-tailed Hawk, several Common Ravens, and at least 15 Rough-legged Hawks,
including one dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.  We finally did find a flock -
30+  of Horned Larks on Poison Spider Rd on our return to Casper.

 

Winter is hanging on, so we must be patient.

 

Bruce & Donna Walgren

Casper, WY 


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Subject: Geese in Nebraska
From: Debbie Adams <debsue9535 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:26:33 -0700
A Wyo birder traveling down I-80, I'm enjoying seeing thousands of geese
flying around. 3/4 or more are Canada geese but a lot are snow geese.
Flocks & flocks flying around Kearney. Makes for a bright spot in a boring
drive.
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Subject: Audubon Rockies Bioblitz save the date
From: "Downey, Dustin" <ddowney AT AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:01:27 +0000
Dear Friends and Fellow birders

Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of Wyoming 
Biodiversity Institute want to invite you to our 6th annual Bioblitz event on 
June 13thand 14th 


Calling all Birders
6th Annual  Bioblitz (Camping, birding, friends, family and fun!!)

This summer, Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy and the UW Biodiversity 
Institute will be once again organizing a Bioblitz on June 13nd and 14rd at the 
Heart Mountain Ranch near beautiful Cody, Wyoming. Our "Bio Blitz" will be a 
24-hour event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental 
educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about 
as many local birds, plants, insect and animal species as possible. This will 
be a chance to connect with birders and Audubon Chapter Members from all over 
the state. Bring your family and participate in a weekend of great birding and 
great birders. This program will enable the general public to participate in 
hands on research in a variety of ecosystems while working closely with 
scientists and researchers who are at the top of their respective fields. There 
will be bird banding, point counts, and many other opportunities for birders to 
get familiar with or to help others learn more about the birds of the 
Northwest! 


Teachers receive 2 PTSB Credit! We feel this can be used as a pathway to 
improving science education through teachers' experiences in scientific 
inquiry. The data collected will then be translated by our Community 
Naturalists during a forum on the last day which will help the teachers bring 
the collected information into the classroom and dictate it in a way that is 
best absorbed by their students. We believe this project represents the leading 
edge of scientific inquiry and investigation, and we are excited to include the 
K-12 teacher as integral part of the science team. 


Come and enjoy a weekend of great birding, great birders and fun!

For more information go to 
http://www.wyomingbiodiversity.org/public-programs/bioblitz-2015/ 

or contact Dusty Downey at ddowney AT audubon.org or 
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Subject: apology/thanks
From: Milton Plaugher <meplaugher AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:00:15 -0500
I wish to thank all the birders of this list who have graciously responded to 
the 2 requests for info on my upcoming May and June trip to Jackson Hole area. 
I have tried to respond to each of you if not only to thank you but to also 
request some additional info . 


I wish to apologize to the ones that I failed to acknowledge them for their 
response. I have no excuse. What I hope happened is that I deleted your e-mail 
by mistake. I probably get 30 to 40 a day. 


If you replied to one of my requests and you did not get a reply from me, I 
would like you ( if you would) resubmit the info. 

I would like to know what that info was.  Thanks,

There will be more requests and I will try to be more diligent to respond in 
the future. 


Milton PLaugher
Winter Park, fl

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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Zachariah Hutchinson <zachsbirdnerds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:15:05 -0500
Hello All,

I went for a drive this evening on the roads near the Natrona County Airport, 
and turned up a very pale Great Horned Owl. The facial disks were gray, and 
there was not a lick of brown on it! I know there are multiple subspecies that 
are pale, but which subspecies is most likely to be seen in Natrona County? 
Occidentalis or subarcticus? Either way, it was the first pale subspecies I 
have observed. Quite the fun find! 


Zach
Casper

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Subject: virginia warbler and juniper titmouse
From: Milton Plaugher <meplaugher AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:18:02 -0500
Hi: This is that Florida birder again that is visiting Jackson Hole/Teton area 
the end of May and during June. 


Searching for any possibilities of the virginia warbler and juniper titmouse 
during that period. 


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Subject: loon
From: Ann Hines <annhines12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:53:20 -0700
First of the year Common Loon at JTL pond in  Evansville.  We did not have
our scope.  There were two birds.  One definitely a Common.  Not sure about
the other.

Ann

In Casper


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Subject: Casper area
From: Chris Michelson <0000001af3511208-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:25:53 -0500
Greetings birders
  a follow up on Stacey Scott's post.  Last Sunday I was out west  of the 
Natrona County International airport along 33 mile road and county roads  
123, 122 and 121.  I found several large flocks of horned larks which  
contained a few Lapland longspurs.  Not much else out in the cold.
  This morning in Reshaw Park there was a pair of Barrow's goldeneye  in 
the river mixed in with common goldeneye.  Both species appear to have  molted 
into breeding plumage and are quite attractive now.  Good birding to  all.
Chris Michelson
Casper, WY

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Subject: arpund Riverton and ocean Lake Sunday
From: Bob Hargis <bhargis AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:26:00 -0700
Hello all

Suzanne (wife on 39th anniversary Sunday) birded around the house and then a
drive around Long Point Ocean Lake and around the lake returning to Riverton
via 8 mile road back along Riverview.

 

Birds of note during chill time at house

Many goldfinches   --few noted here this winter

Pine siskins- very few seen till today this winter

Juncos galore, of all hues

Song sparrow starting a song and thinking better of it

Hairy woodpecker-2

Downy woodpecker-3

Mt. chickadee here too for first noting of this winter down here

White and red breasted nuthatches

Brown creeper on cottonwoods near house   

 

Got phone call and photos of Evening Grosbeaks showing up at feeders at
entrance to Sinks Canyon above Lander with Gray-crowned rosy finches.

 

Several Am. Bald eagles fishing in front of the house mostly immature

Rough-legged and Northern Harriers around too with a single nearly black
Red-tailed hawk

Western Meadowlark - lonesome along ditch in front of house

 

Around Ocean lake on open water.. single Snow goose with 100's of Canada
geese

Am. Tree sparrows-8 along Sandy road

Many C. Goldeneye and a few Mallards

Horned larks and BB. Magpies and Great Horned owl at Long point

Several No Harriers seen as well.

Golden eagle 

RN pheasants

 

Best of birding

Bob and Suzanne Hargis


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Subject: Birding Wyoming
From: Zachariah Hutchinson <zachsbirdnerds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:43:02 -0500
Hello All,

I'm working on a project for birding in Wyoming. I was hoping that all of you 
wonderful Wyoming birders would send me your favorite 1 or more "hot spots" for 
our state. 


If you send one (or more) please include some information about it, such as:

1. The Name of the location
2. Best bird you've seen there
3. What do you go there to see typically (shorebirds, waterfowl, warblers, etc)
4. Any other information you would like to include (habitat, ease of access, 
etc) 



Thanks!

Good birding,

Zach
Casper


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Subject: No Subject
From: Hustace Scott <hustace AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:04:24 -0700
I had a Lapland Longspur fly by me near 12 mile Rd, west of Casper.  It was
in with a small flock of Horned Larks.   I will be working on a fence along
the edge of 12 mile Rd tomorrow afternoon.  I will know if that was a
chance sighting, or if it is around there 2 days in a row.

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Subject: Re: Question for the Wyo bird list
From: Emilene Ostlind <emilene AT UWYO.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:43:45 +0000
Ah ha! 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boreal_Owl/sounds 
Thanks, Matt and Jason. 


From: Emilene Ostlind >
Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 1:29 PM
To: "WYOBIRDS AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM" 
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Subject: Question for the Wyo bird list

Last Friday (2/20) night around 9 p.m. I was skiing into the Little Brooklyn 
Lake Guard Station at over 9,000 feet of elevation in the Medicine Bow 
Mountains. It was well below freezing and totally dark out. I kept hearing what 
sounded exactly like a Wilson's snipe winnowing overhead. Any ideas what might 
have been making that sound? 


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Subject: Snipe or Boreal Owl? (Snowies near Laramie)
From: David McDonald <DBMcD AT UWYO.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:43:40 +0000
Emilene

I once took a visitor up to Sand Lake Road (lower, but not that much), and
used playback of Boreal Owl near an old nest site for Boreal Owl. It was
early May, but very snowy. Imagine my surprise when a snipe buzzed us,
rather than the owl I hoped for.

I was at the BL cabin on the night of 11-Feb and did not hear owl/snipe
then, but I suppose either is possible at this date (I lean towards yours
really being a Boreal Owl ‹ fab whoooping sound).  Did see Gray Jays,
ClarkΉs Nutcrackers, Pine Grosbeak and the indomitable Mountain
Chickadees. 

More activity again on WyoBirds Š

Good birding to all, Dave McDonald

P.S. Trips to Ecuador again this summer ‹ see website at
http://www.uwyo.edu/dbmcd/ecuador/ecuador.html plus new post of a young
Crested Owl from Jan 2015 trip
 
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On 2/23/15, 1:29 PM, "Emilene Ostlind"  wrote:

>Last Friday (2/20) night around 9 p.m. I was skiing into the Little
>Brooklyn Lake Guard Station at over 9,000 feet of elevation in the
>Medicine Bow Mountains. It was well below freezing and totally dark out.
>I kept hearing what sounded exactly like a Wilson's snipe winnowing
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From: Emilene Ostlind <emilene AT UWYO.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:29:55 +0000
Last Friday (2/20) night around 9 p.m. I was skiing into the Little Brooklyn 
Lake Guard Station at over 9,000 feet of elevation in the Medicine Bow 
Mountains. It was well below freezing and totally dark out. I kept hearing what 
sounded exactly like a Wilson's snipe winnowing overhead. Any ideas what might 
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Subject: New Wyoming and Colorado eBird blog
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:24:54 -0500
Hello Wyobirders,

I hope the winter has been treating everyone well; it sounds like the first
few migrants of the new year are beginning to appear, although the resident
winter birds might be more at home after the weekend's snowfall!

At this awkward in-between season, when we're longing for some new birds to
admire but winter has other plans, I'd like to highlight an exciting
resource which has recently become available for birders in the state: the
Colorado and Wyoming eBird Blog. Mr. Lefko from CO was kind enough to share
the link with our email list last week, but in case you missed it, click on
over and check it out at:

http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/

This site is the brainchild of Tony Leukering, a dedicated volunteer with
eBird in Colorado. Its purpose is simple: to help people better understand
how to use and enjoy all the features eBird has to offer. For those of you
who don't use eBird, I invite you to visit the site (
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/home) and try submitting a checklist next
time you go birding.

The hesitation many birders feel to taking up eBird is understandable.
Learning how to effectively use a new computer program can be intimidating,
and I've often heard from folks that they'd rather spend extra time out in
the field watching birds, rather than sitting at their computer entering
checklists. While these sentiments have certainly been justified, recent
changes to the eBird website have resulted in an interface that is
intuitive and easy to use. And by utilizing the "Explore Observations" tab
at the top of their page, birders have access to information on bird
distribution and occurrence which can dramatically improve the quality of
birding time spent in the field. Add, to these benefits, the fact that
observations entered into eBird are being used to conduct cutting-edge
research on bird conservation, and you can see why this is a program that
can help all of us.

Our new Colorado and Wyoming eBird Blog aims to supplement the information
available on the main eBird website with a regional focus. It's primary
purpose is to clarify the "review process," or what happens when you submit
a report of a sighting deemed rare or out of season. When many birders are
asked for more details about a bird they saw and reported to eBird, they
incorrectly perceive this as a challenge to their bird ID skills. This
couldn't be farther from the truth; especially in Wyoming, we have such
limited knowledge about the distribution of our avifauna that the review
process aims mainly to improve our understanding of what birds are where at
a given season, rather than to claim that a particular report is
implausible. To this end, the blog will feature information describing how
the review process works in our state, so that eBirders can better
understand what happens when a report is flagged as rare.

A secondary purpose of the new site is to show birders how to get the most
*out* of eBird. One of my favorite things about the program is the amount
of information available at the click of a mouse. For example, say you'd
like to find a Cassin's Kingbird for your Wyoming list; in decades past,
you could have looked at the range map in the bird book, but you'd have
been left searching a vast swath of eastern Wyoming in the hopes of getting
lucky. Now, you can use eBird to find all the locations where Cassin's
Kingbird has been reported in our state, what time of the year is best for
locating the species, and even what your odds of success are (how
frequently it's reported). I am personally planning to write an essay on
using eBird output to make your time in the field more rewarding and
enjoyable, so check back in the next few weeks for more on this exciting
aspect of the program.

Whew! Apologies for the long post - I appreciate your taking the time to
read through. I hope that those of you who already use eBird will find the
Colorado and Wyoming eBird blog helpful, and that some folks who have been
hesitant to embrace eBird will give it a try.

I'm looking forward to being back in the state this summer and seeing some
of you out in the field. Until then, have a great spring and enjoy your
birding!

Don Jones
Wyoming eBird Reviewer
Laramie, WY / Middlebury, VT

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks in Laramie
From: Shay Howlin <wolfhowlin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:04:58 -0700
There's been a flock of 15 or so evening grosbeaks at our feeders this
morning. They keep coming and going so keep your eyes (& ears) open if you
are in the area.

Shay Howlin
Laramie, WY

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Subject: Birding in May
From: Milton Plaugher <meplaugher AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:41:35 -0500
HI; 3 of us are coming to bird Jackson hole, tetons and Yellowstone the end of 
May and during June. 


In researching some books I find birds that are listed as winter birds might be 
around in late spring. Was wondering if there is any chance of seeing any of 
the following birds the end of May. Maybe around the feeder in Jackson hole or 
Wilson? 

Rough legged hawk,
Pine grosbeak
evening grosbeak
bohemian waxwings
golden eagles
any of the rosy finches
any of the redpolls
And if so, where.

I am finding it hard to find a list to send messages to in Idaho. Any 
suggestions 


Thanks,  Milton Plaugher
Winter Park, Fl

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Subject: Sundance feeder birds
From: "jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:07:07 -0700
This morning I thought I had a chickadee in our feeder, but turned out to
be a House Sparrow.  First one I have had all month.  Gray-cowned Rosy
Finches continue to come in, 5or 7 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 21 Crows
counted this morning.  Jean, Sundance, Wy.



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Subject: Sundance feeder birds
From: jgwindsong AT RANGEWEB.NET
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:07:07 -0700
This morning I thought I had a chickadee in our feeder, but turned out to
be a House Sparrow.  First one I have had all month.  Gray-cowned Rosy
Finches continue to come in, 5or 7 Sharp-tailed Grouse and 21 Crows
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Subject: Albany County - Rosy-finches +
From: Shawn Billerman <s.m.billerman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:43:02 -0700
Hi all,

Today, Libby Megna and I headed out to the plains around Laramie and to the
foothills of the Snowy Range. While we weren't really expecting much, we
wanted to see what was around as well as get some sightings in for the
Great Backyard Bird Count going on this weekend. The combination of warm
weather earlier in the week and the snowy weather today, however, added up
to some great birding. The biggest highlight for us were the rosy-finches,
which we found in many places. We had a flock of 250 or so birds at Lake
Hattie, another 150 along Big Hollow Road, and at least 300 in Centennial.
While the vast majority were Gray-crowned, we had at least 20 *Black
Rosy-Finches* at Lake Hattie and 5 *Brown-capped Rosy-Finches* in
Centennial.

Other highlights included our first *Redheads*, *Green-winged Teal*, *Northern
Pintail*, and *Common Mergansers* of the year on the Plains Lakes. The
first gulls of the season also made an appearance, with one *California* and
one *Herring Gull *at Lake Hattie. This represents one of only a handful of
records of California Gull for February, and may only be the second
February record of Herring Gull for the state (according to Faulker 2010,
and eBird). We also had other expected birds, including Rough-legged Hawks,
Golden Eagles, several Bald Eagles, and a Great-horned Owl that was on a
nest.

Good birding,
Shawn Billerman
Laramie

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Shawn Billerman
PhD Candidate, Carling Lab
Department Zoology and Physiology
Program in Ecology
University of Wyoming

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Subject: Unusual sights in Casper
From: Elyse Johnson <hojoej AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:43:06 -0500
We live at the base of Casper Mountain in Casper, WY and were lucky enough to 
have some uncommon bird sightings including a peregrine falcon in the fall and 
a family of Pine Breasted Grosbeak in January. The peregrine falcon came right 
onto our deck and we were fortunate to get a beautiful picture of the bird. The 
Grosbeak were a group of 6 birds (2 males & 4 females) which stayed around for 
about a week, disappeared for about 5 days and then returned for 1 more day. 
Very pretty and exciting sightings. We are new to Casper and so we did not 
immediately realize these sightings were on the rare side until we purchased a 
Wyo bird book. Very cool. 


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Subject: Spearfish, S. D. birds
From: jgwindsong AT RANGEWEB.NET
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:11:22 -0700
Yesterday while walking along Spearfish Creek, Jorgensen Park in Spearfish
a large flock of birds flew into the trees.  I was able to identify lots
of Chickadees, some White-breasted Nuthatches, Pygmy Nuthatches, Brown
Creepers, Hairy Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays.  There were others but lost
them on the other side of the Creek before I could identify them.   Also
new bird to my feeders this year is 1 ECDove.  Gray-crown Rosy Finches
continue to come in but not so many and Sharp-tailed Grouse are down to 3.
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Subject: Spearfish, S. D. birds
From: "jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:11:22 -0700
Yesterday while walking along Spearfish Creek, Jorgensen Park in Spearfish
a large flock of birds flew into the trees.  I was able to identify lots
of Chickadees, some White-breasted Nuthatches, Pygmy Nuthatches, Brown
Creepers, Hairy Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays.  There were others but lost
them on the other side of the Creek before I could identify them.   Also
new bird to my feeders this year is 1 ECDove.  Gray-crown Rosy Finches
continue to come in but not so many and Sharp-tailed Grouse are down to 3.
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Subject: Good Birding
From: debbie wagner <dwagner AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:07:44 -0700
Hello Birders!
Bob Hargis, Wanda Major, and I went birding today. Great day! Lots of sunshine 
and good time birding. We started at the Riverton Cemetary and then went to 
Ocean Lake. Had some nice surprises. 


Riverton Cememtary:
Brown creeper 
Mountain Chickadees
House finches
Red Breasted nuthatches
Eurasian collared doves
Red Crossbills (about 15 male and females)
Unfortunately we didn't see the owls.  

Ocean Lake:  
Canada Geese (several flocks)
Snow goose (in among one of the flocks of Canadas. Really stuck out. No trouble 
seeing him) 

Crows (lots of them.  Good thing they weren't in town)
Ravens
Flickers
Mallards
Common Goldeneyes
Gadwals
Starlings
Bald Eagle
House sparrows
Song sparrow
Magpies
Prairie falcon (sat on a telephone pole and let us watch him)
Horned larks
Northern Harriers
Red tail hawk
Meadowlark (all by himself)
Hawk species unidentified (flew off too fast for spotting scope identification)

Good birding,
Bob Hargis, Wanda Major, and Debbie Wagner
Riverton

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Subject: Alcova Reservoir, Pathfinder Dam, and Fremont Power Substation
From: Rich Weaver <popeyeweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:27:26 -0700
  Fellow birders,

On Sunday, at alcova, I had 7 presumably trumpeter swans at sunset with
virtually no ice on the reservoir.  They were too far for positive
identification.

On Monday afternoon at the walk bridge below Pathfinder, there was a group
of 4-6 gray crowned rosy finches out in the open, but then they took
shelter in the cliff swallow nests in the rocks.  These may be a life bird,
but I have to consult my records.  At sunset, I stopped at the Fremont
Substation where the tunnel and a bridge is present.  Walking by the picnic
tables, I heard, saw at eye level, and then identified the canyon wren.
There were 2.

As windy as it was on Monday, I am truly thankful for the learning
opportunities presented in the wild.  It's amazing how changing the habitat
and location can bring in different birds.

Cheers, Rich

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Subject: pine
From: Ann Hines <annhines12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:30:24 -0700
Just when I was complaining.......three Pine Grosbeaks appeared.  Two males
and a female.  The last time they were here was 1/27/13

Other birds: 

Red breasted N

Black capped Chickadee

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

House Finch

Eurasian Collared Dove

Downy Woodpecker

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Subject: Bird Banter for Feb. 8, 2015: Be a Habitat Hero
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:02:31 -0700
This edition of Bird Banter, about the Habitat Hero program, and the
workshop scheduled March 28, 2015, was published Feb. 8, 2015, in the
Wyoming Tribune Eagle. You are welcome to reprint and otherwise publicize
it. Notifying the author at bgorges4 AT msn.com   is
appreciated.

Thanks.

"Habitat Heroes" wanted to grow native plants

By Barb Gorges

            Sometimes, wildlife issues seem to be out of the hands of
ordinary people, people like those of us who are not wildlife biologists,
land managers or politicians. Often, it seems futile to write a letter or
email stating my opinion.

            Connie Holsinger has devised a way for us to do something for
wildlife right in our own backyards--literally.

            Connie is the founder of the Habitat Hero program which shows
people in the Rocky Mountain area how to turn all or part of their yards, no
matter what size, even a container or an apartment balcony, into wildlife
habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and, may I add, even bats, and other
wildlife. 

            A popular term for this is "wildscaping." Add to that the term
"waterwise" and Connie immediately grabs the attention of everyone who pays
an increasing amount for watering their lawns as well as those who recently
read the articles in the paper about Laramie County's finite water supply.

            Connie is a native of Maine, in a zone that enjoys 50 inches of
precipitation each year, compared to Cheyenne's 10-15 inches. When she moved
to Massachusetts, she discovered birds, as well as the fact she can plant
what will attract them to her yard. She volunteered with Massachusetts
Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary on habitat improvements.

            Next, at her home on Sanibel Island, Florida, she discovered if
she ripped out all the invasive vegetation and planted natives, her once
quiet yard was suddenly full of birds.

            Relocating to the Front Range of Colorado in 1998, she learned
what semi-arid means, especially when a major drought was just getting
started. And she also learned that some native plants like the semi-arid
life--after she killed her plantings of native penstemons two years in a row
because she was rotting their roots with too much water.

            It's no surprise that a smart woman like Connie then put
"waterwise" with "wildscaping," a natural fit here in the arid West.

            Also, the decline in the numbers of bees and butterflies
documented in recent years makes even more important the idea of converting
conventional urban/suburban landscapes into nectar and pollen havens, in
addition to providing seeds and berries and cover for birds. Not to mention
that native plants can take less work and water (read money) than a lawn.  

            With funding from the Terra Foundation, her private foundation
that supports projects restoring the Colorado River Basin, Connie launched
the "Be a Habitat Hero" campaign in 2013.

            Anyone who would like to pursue the designation of "Habitat
Hero" can apply through the website, www.HabHero.org
 , in September to see if their yard measures up.
Last fall, 28 people, including Laramie County master gardener Michelle
Bohanan, earned the designation.

            While most of Cheyenne's home owners and renters have mastered
the basics of lawn care and keeping shrubs and trees alive, and many have a
flair for flowers and vegetables, wildscaping requires a little change in
horticultural practices, and a little change in mindset.

            Explaining exactly how to transform all or part of a
conventional yard or commercial landscape into a wildscape will be the topic
of a Habitat Hero workshop scheduled March 28 at Laramie County Community
College, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The $15 registration fee covers lunch, handouts
and a tote bag for each participant full of donated items. 

            The three speakers will be Susan Tweit, plant biologist and
author of "Rocky Mountain Garden Survival Guide;" Jane Dorn, co-author of
"Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area" (a digital version will
be given to each participant); and Clint Basset, Cheyenne Board of Public
Utilities water conservation specialist.

The major sponsors are Laramie County Master Gardeners, Cheyenne - High
Plains Audubon Society, Audubon Rockies (which now administers the Habitat
Hero program), Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the Laramie County Conservation
District.          

One of the fun parts of the day will be the panel discussion, when the three
speakers take a look at selected yards submitted by participants in advance
and make recommendations on how to transform them into wildlife
destinations.

            Registration is available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.org
 , key words "Habitat Hero Cheyenne."
Registration will also be available at the door, provided there are seats
left. The workshop is limited to 100 participants.

            "Plant it and they will come," Connie has said often. 

This approach to landscaping benefits wildlife, but Connie said it speaks to
her soul too when she sees the birds, bees and butterflies.

            Her biggest aha moment came when she realized, "I can create a
habitat in my yard, and take it beyond looking pretty"--making a difference
in the world--in her own backyard.  

               

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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon co-sponsoring Habitat Hero Workshop Mar. 28
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:27:08 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For immediate release Feb. 5, 2015

 

Registration now open for Habitat Hero workshop to be held Mar. 28

(A full-color Habitat Hero banner jpg file is available. Request by replying
to this email.)

                Registration is now open for a workshop about water-wise
wildscaping for your yard. The Habitat Hero Workshop will be held Mar. 28, 9
a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Laramie County Community College, in the Center for
Conferences and Institutes.

Registration is online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com
 , key words "Habitat Hero Cheyenne." The
$15 registration fee includes lunch at LCCC, handouts and a digital copy of
"Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area." Walk-in registration
will be available only if the workshop is not sold out. 

More information about the workshop is available at
http://home.lonetree.com/audubon/HabitatHeroMar2015.pdf, or contact Mark
Gorges, 634-0463, mgorges AT juno.com  .  

More information about Habitat Hero and how to certify a yard is available
at http://habhero.org.  

The Habitat Hero program teaches how to wildscape, to plant a lifeline for
pollinators and other wildlife: what plants to use, how to grow them and
where to find them. 

Replace water-thirsty grass with habitat for birds, bees and butterflies.
Wildscapes can be formal gardens, meadow-style expanses, flower-filled
cottage borders or natural landscapes, residential or commercial. 

                Workshop speakers will be Susan Tweit, plant biologist and
author of "Rocky Mountain Garden Survival Guide;" Jane Dorn, co-author of
"Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area;" and Clint Basset, water
conservation specialist for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities.

                There will be a panel discussion in which the speakers will
use selected yards submitted by participants to show possible wildscaping
transformations. See online registration information for instructions on how
to submit a yard for discussion. 

                The workshop is sponsored by Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon
Society, Audubon Rockies, Laramie County Master Gardeners, Cheyenne Botanic
Gardens and Laramie County Conservation District. 

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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon free public lecture Feb. 17: A student's adventure in Kenya
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:53:28 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For immediate release: Feb. 3, 2015

 

Cheyenne Audubon free public lecture scheduled Feb. 17: A Student's
adventure in Kenya

 

                Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society members invite the
public to join them for a free lecture titled, "A student's adventure in
Kenya," given by University of Wyoming student, Bonnie Saville. The lecture
will be Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sunflower Room, third floor of the Laramie
County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer.

                Saville, traveled to Kenya as part of a course called,
"Human Dimensions and Ecology of Wildlife Conservation in Eastern Africa,"
offered by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at UW.

                For more information about this and other chapter
activities, please contact Mark at mgorges AT juno.com
  or 634-0463, or visit the website at
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Subject: Long-eared Owl
From: Elizabeth Boehm <eboehmphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:15:01 -0500
Just out walking the pup and amongst the usual birds here in Sublette County, I 
spotted a Long-eared Owl roosting in the willows. I had thought they would have 
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Subject: Jan. 31, Birding
From: Rex Myers <rex.myers AT NORTHWESTCOLLEGE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:50:32 -0500
Saturday was a beautiful day to bird so we drove from Powell to the Lovell 
area, drove county roads there and returned - about 3.5 hours. In no particular 
order, the list included: 

Starlings beyond counting
Canada geese beyond counting
Bald eagle (6)
Magpie (11)
Mallard ducks (25)
Red-tailed hawk (2)
Raven (10)
Crow (5)
Pheasant (3)
Golden eagle (1)
Collared dove (12)
Kestrel (1)
Northern Harrier (3)
Rough-legged hawk (3)
Horned lark (8)
Robin (30)
Northern flicker (8)
Townsend Solitaire (1)
Rock dove (30)
House sparrow (40)
Turkey (3)
Sharp-shinned hawk (1)
Turkey vulture (3)
Prairie falcon (1)
Common golden-eye (8)

Happy birding.

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Subject: Nice weather birding
From: debbie wagner <dwagner AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:13:19 -0700
Hi Birders!
Sorry for the late posting. Sharon and I went birding on Thursday. Started out 
cloudy but sun came out and got up to 44 degrees. Nice day. Went Missouri 
Valley, Bushwacker Rd., Bass Lake, Boysen, Ocean Lake, and Riverton Cemetary. 
There were some roads that were pretty wet and muddy so we decided not to try 
them and get stuck. But still a good day. We saw: 


Ravens
Crows
Eurasian Collared Doves
Magpies
Common Godeneye
Mallards
Common Merganser
Canada Geese (large flock in a field)
Golden Eagle (immature)
Rough Legged Hawks
Song Sparrow
Kestrels
Northern Harriers (male and female)
House sparrows
Starlings
Pigeons
Flickiers
Horned Larks (several flocks but no snow buntings)
Red winged black birds (a very large flock of male and females in a feed lot)
American goldfinch
Prairie falcons

At Riverton Cemetary:
Red Crossbills
Black capped chicadees
Red breasted nuthatch
Juncos (pink sided)
Great Horned Owl (watching our every move)

Good birding to all
Debbie Wagner and Sharon Orange
Riverton

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Subject: bald eagle
From: "starla AT mammon.us" <starla@MAMMON.US>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:34:19 -0500
Trip to Thermopolis this week.
We got a Bald eagle right across form the hotel. Belted Kingfisher, lots of
mallard and geese. Wigeons ,Mergansers,Coots, Golden eyes, Great Horned Owls.
Enjoy the Sunshine
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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon field trip Feb. 7: Local birding
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:07:53 -0700
Barb Gorges, 634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For immediate release Jan. 26, 2015

 

Cheyenne Audubon local field trip Feb. 7 open to public

 

                Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society members invite
birdwatchers of all skill levels on a free birding tour Feb. 7 of Cheyenne's
Important Bird Areas: Lions Park and Wyoming Hereford Ranch.

                Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot in Lions
Park south of the Children's Village next to the old Community House.

                Expect to walk around Sloan's Lake before carpooling and
caravanning to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch on the east edge of Cheyenne. The
field trip may go until noon, but participants are welcome to leave at any
time.

                Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them.

                For more information or if you want notice of changes in
plans due to weather, please contact Mark, 634-0463.

                For more information about local Audubon activities, go to
http://home.lonetree.com/audubon/. 

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Subject: Fwd: Alcova and Gray Reef
From: Rich Weaver <popeyeweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:19:53 -0700
Hi fellow birders,

I had some interesting species of birds for January sighted yesterday
afternoon.

At Gray Reef:
Gadwalls
Common Mergansers
Coots
Ring Necked Ducks
Common Goldeneye
Red Headed ducks


Directly below Alcova Reservoir:

1 Western Grebe
Pied Billed Grebes (3)
A pair of white pelicans on the rock between the dam and the bridge
A pair of Hooded Mergansers
Black Capped Chickadee
American Tree Sparrow
Coots
Common Goldeneye

It was a good time to be out enjoying the outdoors.

Take Care,
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Subject: Horn Larks
From: jgwindsong AT RANGEWEB.NET
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:22:55 -0700
Have a small flock of Horn Larks back at the Cracked corned.  Could Spring
be near?  Naah  Jean,  Sundance, Wy.

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Subject: Horn Larks
From: "jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:22:55 -0700
Have a small flock of Horn Larks back at the Cracked corned.  Could Spring
be near?  Naah  Jean,  Sundance, Wy.



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Subject: Keyhole, Wy. Pinyon Jays
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Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:18:14 -0700
There were very few birds at Keyhole Res. today.  We went looking for
Pygmy Nuthatches.  Did not find them but at the Windcreek first camp had a
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There were very few birds at Keyhole Res. today.  We went looking for
Pygmy Nuthatches.  Did not find them but at the Windcreek first camp had a
flock of about 15 or so Pinyon Jays fly in.  Nice surprise.  Only other
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Subject: Wind River Canyon
From: debbie wagner <dwagner AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:33:39 -0700
Hello birders!
Yesterday my friend Sharon and I birded Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs State 
Park. It started out pretty cloudy and was cold in the Canyon. As we got closer 
to Thermopolis it was like going from night into day. We saw sun and blue skies 
as we got closer to Themop. There was fog at times over the water in the Canyon 
so it was hard to see. But it was still good birding. We saw: 


Ravens
Crows
Magpies
Mallards
Gadwalls
Common Goldeneyes
Barrows Goldeneyes
Bald Eagles
Coots
Tree Sparrows
Dipper
Wigeons
Buffleheads
Flickers (red shafted)
Red Tail Hawk
Green winged teals
Starlings
Northern Harriers
Common mergansers
Ring necked ducks
Canada geese (outnumbered the Coots)
Cackling geese
Black capped chickadee
Blue Heron
White crowned sparrows
House finches
House sparrows
Juncos (pink sided and slate)
Eurasion collared doves 
Robins
Kestrels
Golden Eagles (5 sitting in one tree)
Rough legged hawk
Northern Shrike
Brewers blackbirds
Pigeons

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Subject: Reshaw Park
From: Bruce Walgren <piranga AT BRESNAN.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:39:07 -0700
Good Evening Birders,

 

Donna and I spent a little time at Reshaw Park north of Evansville on Sunday
and again today.  On Sunday we saw three pair of Hooded Mergansers as well
as at least that many Common Mergansers as well as lots of Mallards and
Common Goldeneyes.  We got some long-range photos on Sunday, but some closer
ones today.  

 

Today we found three male "Hoodies" as well as the resident flock of
Mallards that were foraging out on the grass in the parkway.  The geese -
about 150 of them - were all up at the Veteran's Cemetery grazing and
lounging.  Below are links to some not great - but adequate photos from
today. 

 

 

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f195/LeeCase/Birds/IMG_1970.jpg?t=14211987
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http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f195/LeeCase/Birds/IMG_1972.jpg?t=14211987
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http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f195/LeeCase/Birds/IMG_1970.jpg?t=14211987
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Still haven't been able to catch up with the Barrow's Goldeneye that has
been seen in this area.

 

Keep the faith - the days are getting incrementally longer!

 

Bruce and Donna Walgren

 

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Subject: Riverton CBC
From: Tom Axthelm <taxthelm AT BRESNAN.NET>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:53:57 -0700
Below are the results for the Riverton Christmas Bird Count which was conducted 
on December 27. There were 47 species on count day totaling 7,789 birds, plus 
two more species on count week. New species were Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, 
and Rosy Finch. 


Tom Axthelm
Riverton

Common Goldeneye – 9

Canada Goose – 1921

Mallard – 641

Common Merganser – 4

Bald Eagle – 12 (5-adult, 7-juvenile)

Peregrine Falcon - 1

Northern Harrier – 12

Coopers Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 5

Rough-legged Hawk – 28

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 4

American Kestrel – 9

Merlin – 1

Ring-necked Pheasant – 51

Eurasian Collared-Dove – 527

Rock Pigeon – 175

Great Horned Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Northern Flicker – 86

Downy Woodpecker – 8

Hairy Woodpecker – 2

Sapsucker (sp) - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 30

Mountain Bluebird – 5

Red Crossbill – 9

Black-capped Chickadee – 34

Mountain Chickadee – CW

Brown Creeper – 6

American Crow – 446

House Finch – 85

American Goldfinch – 20

Common Grackle – 11

Pine Grosbeak – 1

Blue Jay 2

Steller’s Jay – 1

Dark-eyed Junco – 83

Horned Lark – 149

Black-billed Magpie – 28

Red-breasted Nuthatch – 8

Common Raven – 30

American Robin – 58

Rosy-Finch (sp) – CW

Sapsucker (sp) – 1

Northern Shrike – 4

Pine Siskin – 1

Townsend’s Solitaire – 1

American Tree Sparrow – 25

House Sparrow – 1282

Song Sparrow – 7

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Subject: Jackson CBC results
From: Susan Patla <susan_patla AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:12:20 +0000


 
  
 Following are the results of the 43rd Jackson Christmas bird count run on Dec. 
20, 2014. Susan Marsh compiler48 total species plus 3 more on count week 

46 observers spent a total of 172 hours and covered 313 miles driving, on foot 
or ski/snowshoe. 


summary
  of 2014 CBC Jackson Hole circle
  
  
  Dec. 20, 2014
  
  

  

  

  

 
 
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
 
  
  American coot
  
  
  2
  
  

  
  Golden-cr. Kinglet
  
  
  cw
  
  

  
  Mammals seen 
  
  

 
 
  
  American Crow
  
  
  4
  
  

  
  Gray (Canada) jay
  
  
  3
  
  

  
  Red
  squirrel
  
  
  13
  
 
 
  
  American Dipper
  
  
  16
  
  

  
  Great Horned Owl
  
  
  cw
  
  

  
  Elk
  
  
  3000
  
 
 
  
  American Goldfinch
  
  
  24
  
  

  
  Green-winged Teal
  
  
  59
  
  

  
  Mule
  deer
  
  
  18
  
 
 
  
  American Widgeon
  
  
  8
  
  

  
  Hairy Woodpecker
  
  
  5
  
  

  
  Bighorn
  sheep
  
  
  17
  
 
 
  
  Bald Eagle
  
  
  88
  
  

  
  Hooded Merganser
  
  
  2
  
  

  
  Moose
  
  
  35
  
 
 
  
  Barrow's Goldeneye
  
  
  51
  
  

  
  House Finch
  
  
  25
  
  

  
  Bison
  
  
  170
  
 
 
  
  Belted Kingfisher
  
  
  4
  
  

  
  House Sparrow
  
  
  136
  
  

  
  Coyote
  
  
  2
  
 
 
  
  Bl.-capped Chickadee
  
  
  130
  
  

  
  Mallard
  
  
  394
  
  

  
  Muskrat
  
  
  1
  
 
 
  
  Black-billed Magpie
  
  
  94
  
  

  
  Mountain Chickadee
  
  
  126
  
  

  
  White-tailed
  deer
  
  
  7
  
 
 
  
  Brown Creeper
  
  
  5
  
  

  
  Northern Flicker
  
  
  1
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Bufflehead
  
  
  12
  
  

  
  Northern Pintail
  
  
  45
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Canada Goose
  
  
  25
  
  

  
  Northern Shoveler
  
  
  1
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Chickadee spp
  
  
  30
  
  

  
  Pine Grosbeak
  
  
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  Clark's Nutcracker
  
  
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  Red Crossbill
  
  
  6
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Common Goldeneye
  
  
  1
  
  

  
  Red-br. Nuthatch
  
  
  13
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Common Merganser
  
  
  18
  
  

  
  Ring-necked Duck
  
  
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  Common Raven
  
  
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  Rosy Finch (grey-cr)
  
  
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  Common (Wilsons) Snipe
  
  
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  Rough-legged Hawk
  
  
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  Oregon
  
  
  1
  
  

  
  Ruffed Grouse
  
  
  3
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Downy Woodpecker
  
  
  7
  
  

  
  Sharp-shinned Hawk
  
  
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  Evening grosbeak
  
  
  8
  
  

  
  Snow bunting
  
  
  100
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Eurasian collared dove
  
  
  15
  
  

  
  Stellers Jay
  
  
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  European Starling
  
  
  33
  
  

  
  Townsend's Solitaire
  
  
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  Gadwall
  
  
  56
  
  

  
  Trumpeter Swan
  
  
  138
  
  

  

  

 
 
  
  Golden Eagle
  
  
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  White-br. Nuthatch
  
  
  3
  
  

  

  

 
 
  

  

  

  
   
  
  

  

  

  

 
 
  
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  3 species seen during count
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Subject: Reshaw Park
From: Rich Weaver <popeyeweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:04:08 -0700
  Hi birders, I had a male Barrow's Goldeneye down river from the bridge at
about 1 pm.  Finally!  -- Rich

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Subject: Re: results of the Cheyenne CBC
From: Greg Johnson <gjohnson AT WEST-INC.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:24:00 -0700
Wyobirders:

 

Seventeen field observers along with a reporter from Channel 5 News enjoyed
a few hours of nice weather before the blizzard hit counting birds for the
annual Cheyenne High-Plains Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count on
Saturday, January 3.  Seven people also spent a portion of the day counting
birds at their feeders.  Thirty-eight species and 2,106 individual birds
were recorded during the count.  Although the 38 species observed this year
was higher than last year (32 species), the total number of birds was much
lower, as 3,195 birds were tallied during last year's count.  The primary
reason for the lower numbers this year is the much more severe winter, which
has frozen most area lakes and likely forced waterfowl further south into
Colorado.  Last year, for example, the group tallied 2,101 Canada geese,
compared to only 668 this year.  Both raptor abundance and diversity was
high this year, with 20 individuals of 7 species recorded.  Other species
with relatively high counts compared to previous years included American
crow (175), dark-eyed junco (145), and house finch (101).  A few unusual
species were seen, including an American dipper at the Wyoming Hereford
Ranch, a spotted towhee at the High Plains Grassland Research Station, 30
red crossbills at Little America, and a Harris's sparrow visiting a feeder
in north Cheyenne.  The famous eastern screech-owl at the Wyoming Hereford
Ranch was not present on the day of the count, but was seen by Chuck
Seniawski a couple of days later, so it made the count week.

 

The list of birds seen is below:

 


Canada goose

668


mallard

77


common goldeneye

2


ring-necked duck

1


northern harrier

1


red-tailed hawk

7


rough-legged hawk

5


Cooper's hawk

2


Sharp-shinned hawk

2


American kestrel

2


rock pigeon

87


Eurasian collared-dove

125


great horned owl

1


eastern screech-owl

Count week


belted kingfisher

Count week


downy woodpecker

7


northern flicker

18


blue jay

5


black-billed magpie

39


American crow

175


common raven

2


horned lark

34


mountain chickadee

20


red-breasted nuthatch

34


white-breasted nuthatch

2


brown creeper

5


American dipper

1


golden-crowned kinglet

1


Townsend's solitaire

1


American robin

1


European starling

175


spotted towhee

1


dark-eyed junco

145


red-winged blackbird

Count week


American tree sparrow

14


Song sparrow

1


Harriss's sparrow

1


red crossbill

30


house finch

110


American goldfinch

3


house sparrow

301


TOTAL

2106

 

Good birding!

 

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Subject: Bird Banter for January 2015--archiving old columns
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:13:09 -0700
This edition of Bird Banter, about archiving 16 years' worth of old Bird
Banter columns, was published Jan. 11, 2015, in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Please send notice when reprinting it in non-profit publications. Please
request permission before reprinting it in commercial publications. It will
be posted with a photo Jan. 31 at www.CheyenneBirdBanter.wordpress.com
 . 

Thanks,

Barb Gorges, bgorges4 AT msn.com  

 

Archiving bird columns shows changes

By Barb Gorges

                I'm afraid to mention this, lest the editor of the Wyoming
Tribune Eagle think I've been doing this too long, but next month is the
beginning of my 17th year writing this bird column.

                It started because Bill Gruber, the Outdoors editor in 1999,
asked me if I'd be interested. 

I protested that there were people in town more knowledgeable-and there
still are. But I had the time. And I could always research and ask the
experts.

                Besides Bill, I've worked with these other editors: Ty
Stockton, Cara Eastwood Baldwin, Shauna Stephenson, Kevin Wingert and now
Jodi Rogstad. All have been kind in their editing, catching style and
grammatical errors.

                A year ago, I had this great idea to archive all of my past
columns as blog posts. I'd taken an online course in blogging as part of my
teaching recertification and I was intrigued. For one thing, I could add a
widget that allows me to search all my past posts. So I could find out how
many times I'd written about say, the Christmas Bird Count (about a dozen
times).

                I decided to make it a publicly accessible blog,
www.CheyenneBirdBanter.wordpress.com
 . So far, I have 86 followers
from all over the world without actively publicizing it.

                Because bird topics are seasonal, and because there might be
followers, strict chronological order wouldn't be best. So I used
chronological order within each month, starting with February. The first
post was the column I wrote that month, in 1999, followed by the one from
February 2000, and so on.

                Then I realized that these old columns could be outdated. So
each one is accompanied not only by the date it originally was published,
but by a short update on the topic.

                There are some things that just don't change in the bird
world, but technology has. I can now find an incredible amount of
information online, and I can ask experts questions without having to call
them long distance or mail a letter to them.

                The most dramatic change in the bird world has been the
advent of eBird, of course. The first column mentioning it was in 2003. It
seems like every six months they come up with a new way for all of us
citizen scientists to explore the eBird database-and more easily contribute
to it. Amazing scientific studies are generated by it too.

                The birds themselves continue to change. Mostly, it's
population numbers and distribution.

                For instance, there are more crows in Cheyenne today. There
are way too many more Eurasian collared-doves now than there were in 1999, a
year after the first one in Wyoming was identified in Cheyenne.

                Do we have fewer numbers of any species? Evening grosbeaks
don't seem to be visiting anymore. But a few years ago, lesser goldfinches
started becoming regular, if still uncommon, visitors. 

                There is never a lack of topics to explore in the bird
world. Feedback shows that a lot of WTE readers are willing to come along on
these sometimes intellectual excursions with me.

                Hearing from readers is what makes writing these columns
better than merely writing in a diary or notebook. 

                Information from readers has driven me to investigate
topics, especially when there are several calls about the same thing. What
to do about flickers drilling holes in wood siding is a column I've
forwarded often since writing it.

                Interestingly, for a while if you googled my name, the
column that seemed to come up most often-because a friend in Colorado
reposts my columns to his blog-is the one I wrote about the University of
Wyoming graduate student studying hummingbird metabolism. In fact, it has
been included in some online science anthology I can't access without buying
a subscription.  

                There are now more than 300 Bird Banter columns posted. It
has been fun looking back at them, seeing how, between the lines, they
reflect my family's life. And I'm happy to have become the community bird
lady, a responsibility which I appreciate.  

                More conventionally, I can be classified as a science
writer. Actually, that isn't too far off from my course of study in
college-and what one of my professors thought I should be. 

                Well, thanks, WTE editors and readers, for this monthly
privilege. What's up at your bird feeders these days? 

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Subject: gray crowned rosy finch
From: Gary & Judi Ogle <wypafl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:12:51 -0700
We took a trip up north of Lingle, just north of Jay Em and while visiting a 
couple was delighted to see a large flock of gray crowned rosy finches. This is 
a β€˜group’ of birds I have longed to see and was quite surprised to see them 
in this context. I had even thought of taking my binoculars today and forgot 
them! Didn’t need them as the finches were up close and personal on their 
deck! 


Judi Ogle
Burns, WY

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Subject: Robins at Split Rock
From: George Jones <jonesgp AT VCN.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:03:44 -0700
Last Thursday I drove from Laramie to Lander and stopped about 9 a.m. at the 
Split Rock rest stop and interpretive site along U.S. Hwy 287 approx. 10 miles 
west of Muddy Gap. The morning was cold (temperature around 20 F) and the wind 
was only a breeze from the west. For several minutes I observed a flock of 
30-40 American robins in some junipers and on the rocks approximately 100 yards 
away. Their red breasts and dark backs were obvious, and I heard several of 
them calling. On the entire trip, I saw only 2 Golden eagles. Ravens were the 
most common birds. 


George Jones, Laramie
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Subject: Cheyenne Audubon lecture Jan. 20: Antarctica
From: Barb Gorges <bgorges4 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:13:58 -0700
Contact: Barb Gorges, 634-0463

Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society

 

For immediate release Jan. 7, 2015

Photo available upon request

 

Cheyenne Audubon Jan. 20 lecture to feature Antarctica and the Southern
Ocean

 

                Members of the Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society invite
the public to a presentation about touring the Southern Ocean and Antarctic
Peninsula to be given by Don Simon Jan. 20, 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at
the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.

                Simon, of Loveland, Colorado, went on the Lindblad/National
Geographic Explorer spring 2013 tour that also included landings in the
Falkland, South Georgia, South Orkney and South Shetland islands. He will
show his photos and talk about the exploration history and natural history
of the area. The 67 species of birds identified on the trip included seven
kinds of penguins.

                This event is free and open to the public. For more
information about this and other Audubon activities, please contact Mark
Gorges, 634-0463, mgorges AT juno.com  , or see
http://home.lonetree.com/audubon/. 

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Subject: 33 Mile Road
From: Rich Weaver <popeyeweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:17:05 -0700
Greetings birders,

I went for a drive on 33 mile road this morning.  The following birds were
observed:

Rough Legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Raven
A group of Red Winged Blackbirds in a cornfield
Groups of Horned Larks (No such luck on a Snow Bunting)

That about sums it up.  It was enjoyable.

Best Birding Wishes,

Rich Weaver

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Subject: "Nunn Guy" Birding: "Raptor Alley Field Trip #2
From: Gary Lefko <000003881d93609c-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:43:34 -0500
Details: 
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/events/nunn-guy-birding-raptor-alley-field-trip-2 


Time: January 17, 2015 from 8am to 1pm
Location: Nunn

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn, CO
http://coloradobirder.ning.com/
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Subject: Torrington yard
From: Jeanna Fitz <jeanna AT NETCOMMANDER.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:43:34 -0700
Today in my yard I had a nice surprise, 2 male Cassin's finches.
They were enjoying the sunflower seeds I provided for them.

I also had:
 2 Eurasian Collared Doves
15 Goldfinches
 2 House Sparrows,
 20 Juncos
 10 White-Crowned Sparrows
6 American Tree Sparrows
16 House Finches.

Happy Birding,

Claylene Fitz
Torrington WY

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Subject: Cheyenne Back Yard
From: Chuck Seniawski <000000156665bc53-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:50:17 -0500
Yesterday, quick-hitting visits by five Red Crossbills and one Brown Creeper. 
Both are rare visitors to the yard. 


In addition, one Blue Jay (we've had up to three recently), ten Dark-eyed 
Juncos, a Red-shafted Flicker (one of three that have been hanging around), an 
American Crow, two Red-breasted Nuthatches, ten Eurasian Collared Doves and a 
dozen House Finches. Notably absent (although they are back today) were House 
Sparrows. 


One quick note -- I saw an American Dipper working in Crow Creek on the Wyoming 
Hereford Ranch on Saturday, just before the storm rolled in. First Dipper I've 
seen anywhere near this area in my years here. 


Good birding to all,

Chuck Seniawski
Cheyenne

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Subject: Immature bald or Golden
From: Jacqueline M Hauptman <jhauptma AT UWYO.EDU>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:29:48 +0000
Sometime around December 20th, I saw an adult bald eagle on Brubaker Lane (the 
road that connects Hwy 230 and Sand Creek Rd roughly 10-15 miles SW of Laramie) 
near the Flying Y ranch. 


Then, just yesterday, I saw a dead eagle (not sure if immature Bald or Golden) 
who clearly died from striking a power pole on Brubaker just about 1-2 miles 
from the junction of Sand Lake and Brubaker roads on the way to Hwy 230. I did 
take a photograph, and I seem to remember that someone was logging deaths of 
eagles. If true, I could be more specific on location if needed. Of course, I 
left the bird in place. 



Jackie
J. M. Hauptman
University of Wyoming
Anthroplogy Dept. 3431
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie WY 82071

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Subject: No Subject
From: Hustace Scott <hustace AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:16:13 -0700
The Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count was held on January 1, 2015.  13 field
observers were helped by 2 feeder watchers.  We found 50 species and 1,942
individuals.  A Redpoll was seen Sunday for one additional species in count
week.  Probably the best bird was a Brown-headed Cowbird that Tony Martin
picked out of a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.  The Canada Geese and
Starlings were down from previous years; maybe they went to Casper where
the weather isn't as harsh.  It was good to see the Sage-grouse increase.
122 this year compared to 64 last year.  The birds found on the Christmas
Count track the local lek counts, so this probably means that we will have
increased lek counts in the spring.  Gray Partridge also increased
tremendously.

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 198
Green-winged Teal 4
Common Goldeneye 50
Common Merganser 6
Gray Partridge 159
Ring-necked Pheasant 8
Greater Sage-Grouse 122
Wild Turkey 86
Bald Eagle 6 (4 adult, 2 immature)
Northern Harrier 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 7
Rough-legged Hawk 15
Golden Eagle 10 (7 adult, 3 immature)
American Kestrel 1
Prairie Falcon 2
Common Snipe 3
Rock Pigeon 11
Eurasian Collared-Dove 61
Great-Horned Owl 16
Belted Kingfisher 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker 2
Northern Shrike 6
Pinyon Jay 3
Clark's Nutcracker 4
Magpie 149
American Crow 9
Common Raven 30
Horned Lark 335
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Mountain Chickadee 1
Dipper 7
Townsend's Solitaire 5
Robin 2
European Starling 23
American Tree Sparrow 80
Song Sparrow 26
Harris's Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 107
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch 64
Black Rosy Finch 1
Cassin's Finch 2
House Finch 58
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 145


Stacey Scott
SW of Casper

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Subject: Torrington back yard ,Oops!
From: Claylene <jeanna AT NETCOMMANDER.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:28:34 -0700
Sorry about that last email. I meant to say 8 white crowned sparrows (4
immature), and 8 goldfinches.

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Subject: Torrington back yard
From: Jeanna Fitz <jeanna AT NETCOMMANDER.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:21:11 -0700
Hello birders,

Today in my yard I have;

15 Juncos
6 American Tree Sparrows
10 House Finches
2 House Sparrows
8 Goldfinches, (4 are immature)

Happy Birding to all,

Claylene Fitz
Torrington WY




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Subject: Grey Crowned Rosy-Finch
From: "Gerald N. Johnson" <gjohnson AT UWYO.EDU>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:08:07 +0000
At Lake Hattie amid 20+ mph winds and blowing snow along the main road to the 
west end of the lake. I was able to count 8 GCRF’s among 30 or more Horned 
Larks feeding in weed patches. Viewed from inside the vehicle. 


jerry johnson

Laramie



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Subject: No Subject
From: Hustace Scott <hustace AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:23:29 -0700
The Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count is tomorrow, January 1, 2015.  It is a
great way to start the new year.  If you are interested, show up at 7:30 AM
at Charlie Scott's house.  For details, call Charlie at 473-2512, Stacey
Scott at 262-0055.  You can call me anytime after 4:30 tomorrow morning.

Stacey Scott
SW of Casper

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Subject: snow bunting
From: Chris Michelson <0000001af3511208-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:29:39 -0500
Greetings birders
  Late yesterday afternoon there was at least one snow bunting in a  very 
large flock of horned larks at the far north end of Bryan Stock Trail in  
Casper, WY.  Good birding to all and stay warm.
Chris Michelson
Casper, WY

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Subject: Green River CBC
From: Fern Linton <flinton AT WYOMING.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:06:08 -0800
 This is just my unofficial posting of the CBC in Green River. We had a record 
breaking number of species. 44, I have kept track of the count for the past 20 
years. mostly we have around 30 to 35 species each year. This year the river 
was still open water along the whole length of our count area. The species were 
mostly normal ones we get every year. Missing was the Great Horned Owl, (none 
last year also) and Townsends Solitaire. We did get something new, a Juniper 
Titmouse, (probably two) and for count week I found two Pine Grosbeaks and a 
Savannah Sparrow. Over the past 20 years we have identified 95 different 
species and will add the juniper titmouse and pine grosbeak and sparrow to the 
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Subject: Towhees
From: SUBSCRIBE WYOBIRDS Anonymous <wyncoop1 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:48:25 -0500
This morning at around 10:00, at the USDA Research Station West of Cheyenne I 
observed and photographed one Spotted Towhee foraging in close proximity to a 
beautiful Green Tailed Towhee under the bushes near the houses. Both a first 
for me. They were mixed with some Juncos making them hard to see at first. 
There were several Red Breasted Nuthatches and M. Chickadees also. 

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Subject: Cheyenne Country Club Sunday
From: Chuck Seniawski <000000156665bc53-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:43:56 -0500
The dire weather forecast for Monday, and the much better weather this 
afternoon, caused me to move the scheduled monthly count up by a day. There was 
a fairly uniform snow depth of about 8 inches. Temperature 28 degrees. Partly 
cloudy, calm winds. 


The goshawk was the surprise bird today, flying up into a nearby tree and 
sitting there for several minutes. 


Canada Goose  256
Northern Goshawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2     one was a rufous morph
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  1
Black-billed Magpie  9
American Crow  54
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
European Starling  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2

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Subject: No Subject
From: Hustace Scott <hustace AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:33:34 -0700
I had an immature White-crowned Sparrow at the feeder today.  I don't know
where he has been the last couple of weeks.  I wish I had found him on the
Christmas Count.  I also had a dozen Gray-crowned Rosy Finches.  I had the
first one 2 days ago.  I saw a Black-capped Chickadee yesterday, but that
is the first time I have seen one here in almost 2 weeks.  Below is today's
yard list.

Bald Eagle (immature)
Downy Woodpecker
Magpie
Robin
Song Sparrow (missed on the Christmas Count)
White-crowned Sparrow (missed on the Christmas Count)
Juncos (Pink-sided, Oregon and Slate-colored)
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Cassin's Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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