August 16, 2010


A fourth generation rancher, Tess co-manages Ranchlands with her brother Duke IV. She is raising her two sons on Chico Basin Ranch with her husband David.

This past week, I had the pleasure of going out birding for a day with local birder/naturalist extraordinaire John Rawinski and two of our guests, Frank and Sharon Sturgess. We spent all day traversing back roads, looking into trees and over bluffs for birds, and came away with quite a few spottings.

Frank and Sharon also spent a lot of time birding around the lodge and found the following just outside their room:

  • Meadowlark
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Orange Crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Rump Warbler
  • Pine Siskin
  • White Breasted Nuthatch
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Western Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Red Shafted Flicker
  • Barn Swallow
  • Kestrel
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Great Horned Owl

And, they spent a day out at the lakes on the Medano side of the ranch, as well as exploring some of the old structures, and found the following:

  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Pied Bill Grebe
  • Greater yellow Legs
  • 2 Great Horned Owls
  • 2 Swainson’s Hawks
  • Horned Lark
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Northern Harrier
  • Barn Swallow

Thanks to Sharon for passing these lists along to me!