Union Grove SP - Union County

UGSP is one of the best places in the state to observe neotropical migrants during spring and fall migrations. At the peak of spring migration in mid-May, 20 species of warblers are possible on any given day including rarities such as Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Pine Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, and Hooded Warbler. Regional specialties that breed at UCSP include Field Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, both Eastern and Spotted Towhees, Whip-poor-wills, Northern Bobwhite, and Wild Turkeys. UCSP also has breeding records for Scarlet Tanagers and Eastern Meadowlarks, both of which are very rare nesters in southeastern South Dakota. Species that can be found in fall include Long-eared Owl, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, Broad-winged hawk, Harris's Sparrow, and Clay-colored Sparrow.

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