Saturday, March 28, 2009

Return to Barr Lake and DIA Owl Loop

March 28, 2009

Richard Stevens:

I returned to Barr Lake State Park to see if the Vermilion Flycatcher had made it through the Blizzard. At least a half dozen birders plus myself could not relocate the flycatcher.

I also stopped at five homes south of the park to see if any people (friends) had seen a "little red bird"; no one had.

In Barr Lake Estates, a Harris's Sparrow was found at feeders at a private yard. The landowners did not want dozens of birders coming by, but did allow me to phone Bryan & Sue Ehlmann. They drove over from Brighton and witnessed the sighting!

Later Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) was again checked for American Tree Sparrows. None were found. A pair of Mountain Bluebirds wandered around the Lake Loop.

Along the DIA Owl Loop we saw a Ferruginous Hawk standing on Trussville Road (just south of 128th Avenue). Also observed were one Rough-legged Hawk, one dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, and a Prairie Falcon.

Burrowing Owls were again seen at the 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th Avenue site and the site along Tower Road at 0.4 miles north of 56th Avenue.

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