Monday, September 20, 2010

Return to Castlewood Canyon Road

September 20, 2010

Richard Stevens:

We could not sleep last night and looked for a place to get outside and bird. I enjoyed walking around Castlewood Canyon Road last week and returned this morning. Winds were mild; temperatures were in the low 50s.

We stopped every 0.2 miles along Castlewood Canyon Road between highway 86 and Lake Gulch Road. First listening for owls, then playing recordings.

Birds were quite noisy from 4:00am to civil twilight 6:26am. I was able to recognize several Spotted Towhees, House Finches, a Common Yellowthroat, a Song Sparrow and 2 Vesper Sparrows. A surprise "hearing" was a Cordilleran Flycatcher singing just before civil twilight.

Our final owl count was 8 Great Horned Owls and 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls. Only several of the Great Horned Owls were actually seen.


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