I have been surveying Prairie Chicken Leks at The Tall Grass Prairie
Preserve in Osage County. Unfortunately, most of the Leks cannot be seen
from the county roads, but there was a small group of males drumming in a
viewable location. Go north from the headquarters until you
come to a viewing turnout on the east side of the road. If you park
there, and look to the northeast, the birds were only about 100 ft away.
Get there early (before 6:30 am) and stay in your car so you won't
disturb the birds.
If you go a little further north, just beyond the cattle (bison)
guard that marks the northern boundry of the preserve, you can see a
larger group of prairie chickens (about 20)on a ridge about 1/2 mile to
the west. The view is great, expecially if you have a scope.
Other good birds include Henslow's, Grasshopper, Vesper, and Savannah
Sparrows, Upland Sandpiper, and Swainson's Hawk. Also the Bison are
numerous, including a number with babies.
Bonnie Gall, April
I went to the Tallgrass
Prairie this past Wednesday. At about 5 pm. 1 short-eared
owl appeared and began flying around for about the next
15-20 minutes. This was on the northwest side of the bison
loop, just south of the oil pumps and within 100 yards of
the scenic turnout sign. If you go north through the
preserve and at the last turn to the preserve headquarters
instead of turning right, turn left and go about a mile to
where the oil pumps are pumping on your right, you will be
where we saw the owl on Wednesday.