Sunday, March 9, 2008

Drive Around Adams County

March 9, 2008

While going out for dinner and a few chores, Rebecca Kosten and I passed by Barr Lake (Adams County). We found few birds in the park, however enjoyed watching the nesting Great Horned Owl (just south of the banding station).

A dark morph Red-tailed Hawk circled overhead. We found few waterfowl on lake; however our scopes had been left at home. The flock of warblers (including the Magnolia Warblers reported yesterday) was not found during a hike from mile marker 0.5 to 8.0.

After an early dinner we again passed by Barr Lake and this time counted 60+ Great-tailed Grackles in the two large cottonwoods south of the Tree Nursery (at Bromley Lane and Picadilly Road). We had driven by there 2 hours earlier and the grackles were not there.

A Ferruginous Hawk was found at Bridge Road and the railroad tracks (on our way to the Lochbuie Ponds). We did not see any birds around the Lochbuie Ponds.

Our birding day ended with a drive around the DIA Owl Loop. Still no Burrowing Owls, we did count 6 female Northern Harriers and 2 males. A few Western Meadowlarks perched on high weeds and street signs. Their song is always worth a listen!

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