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Location
Pawnee Lake SRA, Lancaster County, Nebraska, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun May 11, 2014 9:08 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
7 hour(s), 22 minute(s)
Distance:
2.51 mile(s)
Observers:
Jon King , Michael Willison List
Comments:
Weather: Overcast. Initially 57 F wind wind n at 21 mph. Wind dying down somewhat later in the afternoon. Last night strong and severe thunderstorms moving ne over the Lincoln area with storms concluding ~9:00am today. Heavy rain last night and this morning so mudflats at nw end of Pawnee less extensive today. Thunderstorms building again this afternoon as we were concluding.

Effort: Initially I birded the mudflats at the nw end of the lake shortly after storms concluded . . . I wanted to see what had been put down. Then I was casually exploring the northern end of the lake and found some birds, so I called Michael Willison. He came out, and we walked extensively around the campground at the n end of Pawnee L. (by the bend at NW 112th St.) (~0.5 miles), and throughout the woods and fields along the northwest side of the lake (~1.5 miles here).
Species
109 species (+4 other taxa) total
2
Canada Goose
35
Blue-winged Teal
55
Northern Shoveler
22
Gadwall
1
Mallard
2
Green-winged Teal
1
Ruddy Duck
3
Northern Bobwhite
1
Ring-necked Pheasant
1
Pied-billed Grebe
5
Eared Grebe
12
Mourning Dove
6
American Coot (Red-shielded)
2
Black-bellied Plover
17
Semipalmated Plover
1
Killdeer
57
Stilt Sandpiper

not exceptional

3
Dunlin
6
Baird's Sandpiper
95
Least Sandpiper
220
White-rumped Sandpiper

not exceptional

45
Pectoral Sandpiper
70
Semipalmated Sandpiper
18
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
99
Wilson's Phalarope
12
Spotted Sandpiper
1
Solitary Sandpiper
1
Willet (Western)

not exceptional

28
Lesser Yellowlegs
3
Bonaparte's Gull

continuing, first reported by Michael Willison yesterday

not particularly rare at this date either but let me know if details are needed

800
Franklin's Gull
26
Ring-billed Gull

mainly immatures

45
Black Tern
104
Forster's Tern

~40 seen over water following the morning storms (when I arrived), and these birds were not seen subsequently. The rest were on the mudflats in the nw arm of the lake at this same time, and ~1/2 of these birds on the mudflats took off moving n into the n wind about an hour or so after the storms had concluded. Inspected carefully for Arctic and Common Terns but no luck. Counted by 1s.

81
Double-crested Cormorant
10
American White Pelican
1
Great Blue Heron
1
Broad-winged Hawk

immature, calling at n end of the lake

1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Barred Owl
3
Red-headed Woodpecker
3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
4
Downy Woodpecker
2
Northern Flicker
2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Peregrine Falcon

face most similar to North American variety

1
Alder Flycatcher

call notes only

27
Least Flycatcher

~ 50 % were singing, counted individually

1
Eastern Phoebe
Breeding Code
CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
3
Great Crested Flycatcher
1
Western Kingbird
11
Eastern Kingbird
4
Bell's Vireo
1
Yellow-throated Vireo
1
Philadelphia Vireo
11
Warbling Vireo (Eastern)
7
Red-eyed Vireo
11
Blue Jay
2
American Crow
2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
15
Tree Swallow
45
Bank Swallow
120
Barn Swallow
30
Cliff Swallow
80
swallow sp.
1
Black-capped Chickadee
5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
25
House Wren
3
Sedge Wren
10
Swainson's Thrush
1
Wood Thrush
27
American Robin
21
Gray Catbird
8
Brown Thrasher
25
Cedar Waxwing
22
American Goldfinch
26
Chipping Sparrow
30
Clay-colored Sparrow
3
Field Sparrow
1
Lark Sparrow
1
White-crowned Sparrow

seen briefly

3
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
8
Harris's Sparrow
4
White-throated Sparrow
5
Song Sparrow
5
Lincoln's Sparrow
7
Eastern Towhee

counted by 1s, perhaps I missed a few

4
Yellow-headed Blackbird
2
Western Meadowlark
1
Eastern Meadowlark
8
Orchard Oriole
17
Baltimore Oriole
35
Red-winged Blackbird
15
Brown-headed Cowbird
20
Common Grackle
1
Black-and-white Warbler

singing male

11
Tennessee Warbler
2
Orange-crowned Warbler
28
Common Yellowthroat
2
American Redstart
1
Cape May Warbler

Adult male with photos by Michael Willison. Was seen ~1 minute after the Prairie Warbler while I was on the phone with Michael.

CMWA Pawnee Lk, Lancaster Co, NE 5-11-14
CMWA Pawnee Lk, Lancaster Co, NE 5-11-14

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
2
Northern Parula
1
Bay-breasted Warbler

Adult male seen on w side of Pawnee SRA in a tree top. Seen briefly but sufficiently by both observers. It was a small and dark-looking warbler in the tree top with a deep reddish color on the flanks and side of head. The underparts were light and back was dark. Two white wing-bars were apparent. A distinctive bird. In no way a Chestnut-sided (too dark looking, no yellow on crown, etc.)

57
Yellow Warbler

mixture of age / sex groups but males seemed most common, counted by 1s

14
Blackpoll Warbler

majority were heard singing and presumably males, 1-3 females actually seen

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
4
Palm Warbler (Western)
9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1
Prairie Warbler

Adult male heard singing at n end of the SRA (just s of NW 112th St.). I was driving along with the windows rolled down and heard and unfamiliar song that was sweet and descending, sounding like a Field Sparrow introduction. However, the downward series was short and then there was a sort of upward terminal buzz at the end. This song is not the typical ascending song of this species, but appears to be an alternate song type of which there are several. Both Michael Willison and I observed the bird singing this strange song.

I spent about 5 minutes trying to locate the singer and eventually saw it. It was yellow obviously . . . fairly bright. It had black streaking along the flanks and black markings on the yellow face with an otherwise yellow head. The black markings formed a distinct oblong shape below the eye, framing yellow semi-circles under the eye. It wagged the tail a little, and had white outer tail feathers. The mantle had a dull reddish patch on it with close inspection.

I called Michael Willison and he was able to see the bird too . . . its quite distinctive. I have seen this species ~10 times in the southeastern US.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
15
Northern Cardinal
20
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
5
Indigo Bunting
3
Dickcissel
4
House Sparrow
Additional species seen by Michael Willison:
1
Willet
4
Turkey Vulture
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

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