Members of the Wildcat Audubon Society sponsored a field trip to Garden County on Saturday, June 11. The main purpose of the trip was to look for breeding birds in an area around Lewellen and another area between Lewellen and Oshkosh. The observations made will be sent to the Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas II, which is in its last year for data gathering.
There were 57 species identified. Species seen include Canada Goose, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Upland Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Burrowing Owl, Chimney Swift, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Bell’s Vireo, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Bullock’s Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, and House Sparrow.
For information about Wildcat Audubon activities, contact Alice Kenitz at 308-436-2959.