Necedah Overnight

NECEDAH OVERNIGHT

A Quest for The Whooping Crane (and others)

 

(tentative) July 21st and 22nd

Leader: Oliver Burrus

Important Details

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Meeting Time |(tentative) 12:00 PM, July 21st

Meeting Location | Necedah NWR - Visitors Center

See more details below

ABOUT THE TRIP

Necedah NWR may be best known for their re-introduced population of Whooping Cranes, however, most people overlook the many other marvelous birds that call the refuge home. On this special overnight trip, I will guide you through the refuge in search of not only Whooping Cranes but birds such as Bobolink, Golden-winged Warbler, Black Tern, Common Loon, and Trumpeter Swan! Starting at the Necedah NWR Visitor Center, we will scout for the big day on Sunday. After we familiarize ourselves with the trails, we will head over to a few special spots in my neighborhood where we may find Clay-colored SparrowVesper Sparrow, and Cerulean Warbler among the scores of Red-headed Woodpeckers and breeding warblers! Next, we will try (no guarantees as this is quite late in the year for them) for the rare Kirtland's Warbler in Adams County! After hopefully viewing all the spectacular birds mentioned above, we will go over to Buckhorn SP (there is a small entrance fee) where we may find many woodland birds such as woodpeckers, White-breasted & Red-breasted Nuthatches among many Eastern Towhees and Black-capped Chickadees. For those who want to camp (accommodations can also be found nearby in Mauston), we will camp at Buckhorn and will have a chance at Eastern Whip-Poor-Will. The next morning we will meet here at 4 AM to listen for owls. After owling for an hour, we will carpool and drive over to  Boghaunter Trail where we are likely to encounter Golden-winged Warbler, Bobolink, and Sedge Wren! After Boghaunter Trail, we will walk up on the Observation Tower where we may find hundreds, if not thousands of waterfowl. Then, we will take a very short drive to the Visitor's Center in search of FlycatchersTrumpeter Swans, among others. Next, we will explore the roadsides of the refuge searching for pockets of high bird activity, stopping at each one. Our final stop will the Sprague-Mather Flowage area where we may find ShorebirdsWaterfowl, and breeding passerines along the Lupine Loop Trail.

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Meet at Necedah NWR - Visitors Center.

12:00 to 1:00 PM - Explore the trails around the Visitors Center (scouting for Sunday).

1:30 to 2:30 PM - You will get a private tour of my neighborhood where we stand a good chance at Vesper and Clay-colored Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpecker, breeding warblers (including Cerulean), among others.

3:15 to 5:30 PM - a wild Kirtland’s Warbler chase in Adams County.

6:15 to 7:30 PM - Bird Buckhorn SP.

 

SUNDAY ( Necedah NWR big day)

4:00 to 5:00 AM - Meet here at 4 AM and we will patrol the nearby areas for owls and other nocturnal birds.

5:15 to 8:00 AM - Bird Boghaunter Trail (early morning here is the best time).

8:15 to 9:30 AM  - Watch for waterfowl at the Observation Tower.

9:35 to 11:00 AM - Walk the Visitors Center trails.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Stop at strategic spots along roads (I know a few secret spots).

2:15 to 5:00 PM - Bird the Sprague-Mather Flowage area.

5:00 PM - The end of this journey.

TARGET SPECIES

Click on species name for info

 

  1.  Possible Locations
    • Observation Tower
    • Visitor Center Trails
    • Sprague-Mather Flowage
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Sprague-Mather Flowage
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Sprague-Mather Flowage
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Visitor Center Trails
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Sprague-Mather Flowage
  1.  Sorry, can’t tell, you will see if you come.
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Observation Tower
    • Along the roads within the refuge
    • My neighborhood
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Visitor Center Trails
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Everywhere
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Boghaunter Trail
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Boghaunter Trail
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Boghaunter Trail
  1.  Possible Locations
    • My neighborhood
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Adams County
  1.  Possible Locations
    • My neighborhood
  1.  Possible Locations
    • My neighborhood
  1.  Possible Locations
    • Boghaunter Trail
  • Among many, many others

For a full list of species seen at Necedah please see: https://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L249738/media?yr=all&m=

 

REGISTER

This trip is limited to 12 participants, so sign up soon as it is on a first come first served basis

ABOUT THE LEADER

Oliver Burrus

Oliver Burrus

Oliver Burrus is a homeschooled fourteen-year-old birder from northern Illinois. Oliver has been interested in birds practically his whole life, and since 2015, when he went on a trip to Texas, he has been actively birding. A few months after he went to Texas he met up with a group of experienced senior birders and with Illinois Young Birders Club who have mentored him ever since. In 2016 at the Illinois Young Birders Symposium he founded Whimbrel Birders Club, and now they are looking to expand their club to other parts of the country and the world! I created a survey about the top birding locations in Illinois and it was posted DNA Info and was talked about on WBBM. Also I was the Wisconsin Young Birders Club young birder of the month for December 2016. Email me at whimbrelbirders@yahoo.com.

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