Thursday, January 1, 2009

Last Bird of 2008; First Bird of 2009

December 31 and January 1, 2009

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann, Sue Ehlmann, Rebecca Kosten and I almost went downtown Denver to see the fireworks. The news talked about thousands of people expected. So we decided instead to go for a really good first of the year bird.

A friend of mine had mentioned that his family was going back east (ouch, bad weather) for the holidays. He invited us to bird his land anytime so we headed into the foothills.

We passed by Reynolds Park (Foxton Road) on the trip up. A Northern Pygmy-Owl answered our recordings about 10:30 pm. It only called for about 3 minutes, but we figured it might be our last bird of 2008.

We arrived at my friend's ranch and listened for an hour. A Northern Pygmy-Owl called about 11:45 pm! Several times it flew through the street lights on the ranch, giving us great looks at our last bird of 2008. Around 12:15 am, it landed near the barn; shortly afterwards a second owl joined it. First bird of the year and not the same one as our last!

Happy New Year!

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