Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Return to Adams County (Dunlin, Long-tailed Duck)

January 11, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Before sunrise, Bryan Ehlmann and I tried one last time to find the Snowy Owl reported on the north side of the Denver International Airport (Adams County). Again, we could not find the owl. No Short-eared Owls were found either.

There are quite a few Horned Larks in several flocks. A couple of Lapland Longspurs were among them.

Next, we hiked the S. Platte River at 88th avenue & Colorado Blvd (Adams County). The Long-tailed Duck was on the Platte River below the East Gravel Lake dam's tower. It later flew to the northern West Gravel Lake.

We hiked down to 74th avenue and back. Missed the Dunlin on the trip down, but found it on the way back. It was now downstream of the green/white tower. It took patience to wait for gaps in the steam coming from the river and see the eastern shore. When we left, the Dunlin and a Killdeer were on the middle of a rocky island north of the waterfalls. Look for my footprints in the snow.

A female Barrow's Goldeneye stayed with a male Common Goldeneye about 200 yards south (upstream) of the tower. A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes were just north (downstream) from the tower.

On our return trip, we walked up the ramp to the northern West Gravel Lakes. The Long-tailed Duck was there. Note: if we had not walked around to the western side of the dam's tower, we would have not observed the duck.

No uncommon birds visited the Barr Lake Visitor's Center feeders. At least 50+ Great-tailed Grackles were around the Picadilly Tree Nursery feedlot.

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