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I spent some time the last couple days looking around the Dunn Ranch area after taking people up to see Greater Praire Chickens from the blind. The low number of birds seen this year continues with only 10 or 11 males seen each day. No Hens were seen so they may be about done coming to the Lek for this year. 
   
   There were many other birds on and around the area. Had 35 species just from the blind down to the parking lot and the area around there. Woodcock were still Peeting and displaying near the lot. Several Henslow's and Savannah Sparrows, and a couple Grasshopper Sparrows were singing as we walked down the hill from the blind. heard a Vesper Sparrow singing besides the usual E & W meadowlarks and Horned larks from the blind. Upland Sandpipers were calling all around the Dunn Ranch area. Heard a GH Owl early before walking up to the blind. A pair of Kingfishers were very active just across the road from the parking lot. Pair of Phoebes, RC Kinglet, Barn, Rough-winged, and Tree Swallows over there by small stream also..A single Junco was hanging out at the lot.  
   
   Some of the other birds around Dunn Ranch - Pawnee Praire area 
   Loggerhead Shrike - 4 or 5 places
   RN  Pheasants - calling all over 
  Short-eared Owl - 1 maybe 2 
  N. Harrier - several still around
   A. Kestral - at least 10 just around perimeter of Dunn
   DC Cormorant - on ponds and flying over
  GB Heron - several moving around 
  PB Grebes - pairs on 3 different ponds
   Mockingbird
   Brown Thrasher - numerous
   Yellow-rumped warbler - at a small pond with tall grass all around
   Song, Swamp, Field, White-throated, Harris's and Chipping Sparrows
   Eastern Towhee -several 
   Wilson's Snipe 
  Lesser Yellowlegs
  Brown-headed Cowbird - Most numerous bird seen 
    
  Chimney Swifts had made it to Hatfield near the Iowa State line. Eurasion-collared Dove at 
   the square in Eagleville. 
   
  Livingston Co. - Saw 4 - 5 Forester's Terns at Thompson River Wetland Friday pm on the way up. Three Cattle Egrets in flooded Pecan Grove just west of there this evening. Had RT Hummer at backyard feeder Chillicothe pm.
   
   Later, Steve Kinder
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