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January 14th, 2017
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Sprague’s Pipit

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A good morning in the Santa Cruz Flats, finding some target species and missing others.

The highlight was excellent close views of a SPRAGUE’S PIPIT in the fields of short grass east of Evergreen Sod Farm.

Sprague's Pipit

Sprague's Pipit

Sprague's Pipit

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER with a flock of COMMON MERGANSERS was a nice find on a canal at Evergreen Sod Farm, but unfortunately brief as the flock immediately took off and flew far away. A couple of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and three GREAT EGRETS were also in the area.

26 CRESTED CARACARAS were in the fields at Baumgartner Rd x Cripple Creek Rd.

Crested Caracaras

Crested Caracaras

Both BENDIRE’S THRASHER and SAGEBRUSH SPARROW were found north of Harmon Rd.

Also in the area, BLACK and TURKEY VULTURES, NORTHERN HARRIER, MERLIN, LEAST SANDPIPER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, BURROWING OWL, PRAIRIE FALCON, loads of HORNED LARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS, and LARK BUNTING. We didn’t find Mountain Plover, Rufous-backed Robin or Ruddy Ground-Dove, but we didn’t have much time to look.

Merlin

 

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