Boone Cty 2017

Last year I started seriously birding in Boone Cty, working over the as much of the county as I could. In the end I managed to get 198 species of birds, starting with Great Horned Owl on January 5th and ending with Northern Shrike on December 30th.

I was hoping to crack 200, but that didn’t happen. Some that I couldn’t find or missed that I am hoping to grab this year are, American White Pelican, Northern Pintail, Mute & Trumpeter Swans, all 3 Scoters, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, a few Warblers, some of the Sparrows, Carolina Wren, and Snowy Owl.

I did manage to find American & Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule, Tundra Swan, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird, Merlin, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Black-billed Cuckoo.

I also added 3 birds to Boone County’s bird list on eBird, American Wigeon, Summer Tanager, and Northern Saw-whet Owl.

I am hoping to cap 200 this year, this morning I went out and managed to start off with 26 species starting with Red-bellied Woodpecker and adding to that Rough-legged Hawk, Wilson’s Snipe, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, and Northern Shrike.

Edit: I forgot to mention this but early in the year, I came across an article in the IOS archives about places to bird in Boone Cty by Dan Williams which was incredibly helpful, especially for places in Boone that are not BCCD or park district properties.

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  1. @Joel: Hi, I have been checking for previous yrs located Snowy Owls in Boone, and W. counties. So far, I have checked the previous location ( area ) twice on early Jan mornings with no results; and the prev Rte 72 ( area) northwest of Forreston twice on late afternoons with a bird located on both days within a half mile circle of Fork Creek Rd/Rte 72, but on different poles each day. ( Lots of black spots ). I took a pic on the 2nd day, but both days the Owl was located after 5 PM… so, after sunset / almost completely dark conditions. I’ll remember to boost my iso to 800 or higher next time, as the one photo I was able to focus, sort of, did not look sharp, even at 67%. I had to lighten the darkening background to dark blue in order to get much whiteness in the owl’s body. Does NCIOS blog allow .jpgs or ? I’ll keep trying for an early morning or earlier afternoon find. As Ever, Orin

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