Saturday, June 7, 2014

Field trip report: Hutton NWR & Chimney Rock

The hubbub of bird breeding activity was (in my opinion, at least) the highlight of today's field trip to Hutton National Wildlife Refuge and Chimney Rock. We observed nestlings in each of two Ferruginous Hawk nests near Hutton, Black-crowned Night Herons carrying sticks, as well as White-faced Ibises and a Northern Harrier working on nests at Rush Lake. All this plus the Yellow-headed Blackbird philharmonic.

Ferruginous Hawk - Sand Creek Road, Albany Co., WY (photo by Shawn Billerman)

We detected a total of 56 species; links to the eBird checklists for each hotspot and the complete trip list are below.

Birding at Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge (photo by Libby Megna)
Chimney Rock (photo by Libby Megna)

Sand Creek Rd
Hutton NWR
Sand Creek Rd again
Chimney Rock area

Species List
Canada Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Swainson's Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
American Coot
American Avocet
dowitcher sp.
Wilson's Phalarope
California Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Common Nighthawk
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Rock Wren
Sage Thrasher
McCown's Longspur
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Brewer's Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird

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