Friday, January 9, 2009

Wednesday birding continued; Pawnee National Grasslands

January 7, 2009

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Sullivan and continued north to Pawnee National Grasslands (Weld) after leaving Bryan Ehlmann in Denver. We wanted to check several areas for owls.

A Long-eared Owl was found at the southwest corner of Crow Valley Campgrounds. With the lack of cars driving into the campground area, the owl may stay there. We checked the windbreak at the Washington Work Center and also the few fir trees in the campgrounds for Northern Saw-whet Owls; without success.

From reliable sources I have been told that Sharp-tailed Grouse are still on the grasslands and even still breeding. We checked the few areas that I have access to and where I have observed them in the past; without success.

We did find 4 Long-eared Owls at a friend's ranch. Stayed for dinner and ate too much fried Chicken :-)

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