Prairie dogs sighted by bird watchers

Wildcat Audubon Society sponsored the annual Scotts Bluff Co. Spring Bird Count on Saturday, June 4. 
There were 85 species of birds identified during the day.  Some of the more interesting species include White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Black-necked Stilt, Eastern Bluebird, and Red Crossbill.  Other species are Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, American Coot, Killdeer, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, Forster’s Tern, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Chimney Swift, White-throated Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Horned Lark, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Rock Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Bullock’s Oriole, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.
Other kinds of animals seen include muskrat, mule deer, bull snake, eastern cottontail, black-tailed prairie dog, and fox squirrel.
Many beautiful wildflowers are blooming now.   Some of those identified included narrowleaf penstemon, death camas, wild white onion, phlox, white penstemon, showy peavine, tufted milkvetch, standing mildvetch, blue flax, fringed puccoon, western wallflower, narrow-leaved musineon, and western salsigy.
For information about Wildcat Audubon activities, contact Alice Kenitz at 308-436-2959.

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