Saturday, March 10, 2007

Search for Owls in Boulder County

March 6, 2007

At 4:00am, Bryan Ehlmann and I hiked through Walden Ponds and Sawhill Ponds areas in search of the previously reported Northern Saw-whet Owls; without success. No Eastern Screech-Owls were found either.

Beware: We parked along 75th avenue and north of Boulder Creek. Watch for parking rules at both parks as many tickets are given out.

We were able to find Long-eared Owls in two locations. Unfortunately, we were made to promise not to reveal the locations. They are around and probably nest in Boulder County.

Afterwards, we searched again for the previously reported Gyrfalcon by driving roads in Weld and Larimer Counties; again without success.

Few birds flew around the bird feeders at the Colorado State Forest. We could not find any Rosy Finches in Walden.

Our birding day ended at a private lek north of Walden. Three Greater Sage-Grouse were observed for the first of the season for us.

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