Friday, March 14, 2008

A few metro birding spots checked

March 14, 2008

While out doing chores I made a couple of birding stops. Winds were 10+ mph; it was cloudy and cold.

Not much was happening at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County). I went through the park around 3:00 pm and few gulls were around. A couple of American White Pelicans and half a dozen Double-crested Cormorants were in the southeast corner.

Barr Lake (Adams) was also quiet. I did not see the Ross's Goose reported by Jerry Petrosky. The Great Horned Owl is still on her nest. The ranger's believe that the eggs hatched last Saturday. As yet, the young have not peeked over the nest.

As I was driving the DIA Owl Loop and stopped at the western prairie dog village site (3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th Avenue) a Burrowing Owl flew up from the southern end of the field and perched on a fence post at the northern end. I did not see any additional owls. This prairie dog village now stretches from here to 112th Avenue. However there was not enough time to check 112th avenue out.

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