Mike Niles and I also were at Dunn Ranch this morning with six of our students.  We had reservations to be in the blind.  Lightning and rain stayed far enough south that the viewing opportunity did not have to be cancelled.  We had six males show up and only one female.  Normally, N. Harrier's show up and harass the prairie chickens but they were totally absent today.  The students enjoyed such close viewing very much, as did Mike and I!!  We did see a dark morph, Rough-legged Hawk to add to Steve's report.  And a Great Horned Owl showed up at first light and sat on the prairie near the blind inhibiting the arrival of the prairie chickens...
Terry L. Miller
Kearney HS
Clay Co., MO

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Subject: Harrison Co. Praires
Date: Sun, Apr 10, 2016 9:09 PM

I checked out the Nature Conservacy's Dunn Ranch this morning while Dianne and I were up in that area. I heard a secondary Lek of Greater Praire Chickens whooping and then observed a dozen birds through my spotting scope looking to the south from the new Bison Corral west of the Hdqtrs area. I also found two more GPCH north of that location while searching for Lonspurs at that recently burned field. Found many BH Cowbirds, Northern Flickers, Robins, some Killdeer, and other stuff but no Longspurs. I can usually still find Smith's at this time up there. Lots of RN Pheasants around today also. Good variety of Sparrows right now, with Chipping, Field, Vesper,Savannah, Song,Swamp, Harris's, and DE Junco at Dunn. Then found FOY Lark Sparrow just west at Frank Ranch,a private Cattle Operation, and couple of Henslow's Sparrows at MDC's part of Pawnee Praire. Had my FOY Brewer's Blackbird at Frank Ranch too. Heard my first Upland Sandpiper at Pawnee, but never saw it. Did see many of the Bison at Dunn Ranch up pretty close today, from outside their enclosure however. as always you need permission to be out on the areas at Dunn.
   Di spotted a Barred Owl and then a Great Horned Owl along the way home.

Steve Kinder
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