Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Repeated Owling Trip

May 17, 2009

Richard Stevens:

I was asked to repeat last week's owling trip. After making a few calls we ended up with 9 birders. Two additional birders joined us at Lower Latham Reservoir, but they gave up before heading into the mountains.

Our three car caravan went up Kersey Road to Beebe Draw Ponds area (Weld). In the Beebe Draw Ponds area we found a couple of Red-necked Phalaropes, many Wilson's Phalaropes, American Avocets, dozens of Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Killdeer, a Stilt Sandpiper, and Black-necked Stilt.

At Lower Latham Reservoir (Weld) we saw just about the same (another 2 Red-necked Phalarope), Willet, Cattle Egret, and many Great-tailed Grackles. A few Red-necked Phalaropes! were still at Loloff Reservoir also.

Crow Valley Campground was quite productive as we relocated the Tennessee Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak Veery, a White-throated Sparrow, and male Hooded Warbler. A Eastern Screech-Owl gave us nice looks also. Missed the Barn Owls again.

We found 2 Mountain Plovers in the field south of Weld County Road 96 at 1.7 miles west of CR 77. Burrowing Owls were found at CR 90 & CR 51 and Highway 14 & CR 51.

We had to drive up to Highway 85 and CR 114 to get out Chestnut-collared Longspurs. McCown's Longspurs, Brewer's Sparrows, Clay-colored Sparrows, and Lark Buntings were all over CR 96.

We passed by Cameron pass and drove to Walden Reservoir. Here we relocated the Red Phalarope and Red-necked Phalarope before it was too dark to see.

At Cameron Pass we found at least 6 Boreal Owls. Then continued to Pennock Pass where 2 Flammulated Owls were found.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ray Simmons and I were lucky to go on this trip. It was exhausting but great fun. Richard is very funny and very informed! Dave King