Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Northeastern Colorado

Richard Stevens:

September 5, 2008

Rebecca Kosten and I stopped at Prewitt Reservoir, Logan/Washington Counties and enjoyed a fine afternoon of birding. Our interest was high enough for us to ignore the millions of mosquitoes. Could there have been billions?

Our day list included Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, and Hooded Warbler. I played an owl tape to see if any sparrows would pop out of the tall grasses. Instead a nosy Eastern Screech-Owl called back. He must have wondered which of his buddies was making all the racket.

Besides the uncommon birds were saw White-crowned Sparrows, one White-throated Sparrow (below the dam), Western Wood-pewees, a couple of Empidonax Flycatchers, Spotted Towhees, a Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Downy Woodpeckers, and Western Meadowlarks.

Unfortunately, no unusual sparrows were among the Vesper, Brewer's, Lark, White-crowned, and Song Sparrows. We did see 2 Clay-colored Sparrows.

The hordes of mosquitoes discouraged us from setting up a scope and spanning the reservoir. There was a Common Tern flying back and forth. We did not want to stand still longer enough to get a good view of the lake.7

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