Sunday, August 24, 2008

Deer Creek Canyon & Elbert Road

August 24, 2008

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I went out searching for owls up Deer Creek Canyon (Jefferson County) this morning. Unfortunately, we did not find any. A walk up Deer Canyon Park was also uneventful.

In the afternoon, we met up with Bryan & Sue Ehlmann and drove out to Elbert County. There was little chance that the Le Conte's Sparrow was still there; we gave it a try anyway. Even if the bird is around, chances of seeing it jump up out of the tall alfalfa field were slim at best.

We also failed to find any Dickcissels. Birds were scarce. The threatening weather did not help our cause. We had planned to visit Castlewood Canyon State Park at sunset. Several tornados (not warnings, but real tornados) forced us to wait in Kiowa until the front passed.

The most uncommon birds found were a pair of Mountain Chickadees and a Warbling Vireo near the museum in Kiowa.

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