Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Denver and Adams County Birding, Another look at the Brant!

November 30, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures only reached 43 degrees today; winds were 10+ mph. Still I was looking for a place to get in a walk and chose Lakecrest. I circled the whole lake and found some interesting birds among the 6000+ White-cheeked Geese.

Most of the White-cheeked Geese were as small as or smaller than the resident Mallards. Lakecrest was definitely a place to study Cackling Geese today!

Other geese included at least 9 Snow Geese, 3 Ross’s Geese and 4 Greater White-fronted Goose. Three additional white geese were not identified and could have been Snow Goose X Ross’s Goose hybrids. Several Canada Geese had white heads. Beware, there is also a resident domestic duck.

After the walk, I still wanted to get in a few miles and headed to the South Platte River at 88th Avenue. My walk today was only down to the white and green tower and back (starting from Colorado Blvd).

The male Barrow’s Goldeneye was still in the river and south of the tower. I did not relocate the Long-tailed Duck last reported on 11/15. Most of the lakes are open and there are way too many locations for the duck to “hang out”. Finding uncommon ducks and the Barrow’s Goldeneyes is much easier once the lakes freeze over and the ducks are forced to the S. Platte or small open areas in the lakes.

This location is a good place to study or photograph ducks. Many species swim on the river and they appear to not be bothered by the many people that walk and bike down the path.

My final stop was Barr Lake (Adams). The Harris’s Sparrow again visited below the feeders west of the Visitor’s Center. The Swamp Sparrow reported 11/28 by John Breitsch was not relocated.

Note: In the four or five times I have observed the Harris’s Sparrow, it has only come to the west side of the bushes west of the Visitor’s Center. I have not seen it approach the building. Perhaps throwing down some birdseed will entice the Sparrow closer to the building (for better views of it). When not at the bushes, it usually is in the taller bushes 20 yards or so west of the building.

Great-tailed Grackles and Eurasian Collared-Dove continue at the Picadilly Tree Nursery feedlot (152nd and Picadilly Road).

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