Saturday, March 31, 2007

Genesee Mountain Park and Cherry Creek Reservoir

March 31, 2007

Terry Michaels, Shaun Michaels and I searched for owls at Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson County) before sunrise; without success. We did find a male Williamson's Sapsucker around the group picnic area.

We only had a couple of hours and bad traffic made us give up on trying to get to Loveland Pass to search for White-tailed Ptarmigan.

In the afternoon, Rebecca Kosten and I drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). There were few birds around. About 31 American White Pelicans and a couple of Double-crested Cormorants. The lack of waterfowl still puzzles me? We found few sparrows, etc. The Brewer's Blackbirds that usually nest around the parking area for the southwest marina have not returned.

We also drove the DIA Owl Loop. Strong winds and the time (3:30pm) we drove the loop may have contributed to zero Burrowing Owls found.

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