Friday, January 7, 2011

Adams County Winter Wren

January 6, 2011

Richard Stevens:

I spent 5.5 hours along the South Platte River at the Morgan-Smith Wildlife Area (Adams) this morning. Temperatures warmed into the middle 50s; winds were calm.

My target birds were stub-tailed wrens and Dunlins.

Few birds were observed along this seldom birded Wildlife Area. A Winter Wren had been reported three days earlier.

On my third pass around the thicket brush near the Brighton Water Treatment Plant, I finally heard a stub tailed wren. It hid in the thick brush right along the Platte River below a large cement block with blue letters on it (about 20 yards northwest of northwest corner of the Treatment Plant).

Later I walked the Platte River south from 88th avenue and Colorado Blvd (south to Hwy 224). Two male and a female Barrow's Goldeneyes were on the river just south of the green/white tower.

Most of the surrounding lakes were ice covered. This hike is a great place to study the many ducks that winter in the area. They get somewhat use to people walking by and do not fly as one passes.

I looked unsuccessfully for the Harris's Sparrow we found at the 74th avenue pond area a couple of weeks ago. One Northern Shrike was still at the southwest corner of Tani Reservoir.

On the way home, I passed the Picadilly Tree Nursery feedlot (152nd and Picadilly Road). Fifty or so Great-tailed Grackles are still there.

No owls were found along the DIA Owl Loop this evening. Raptor count: 5 Northern Harriers, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 2 American Kestrels and 1 Ferruginous Hawk.

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