Saturday, March 5, 2011

Adams, Denver & Douglas County Birding

March 5, 2011

Richard Stevens:

I sat watching the Rocky Mountain Arsenal feeders (Adams County) from 7:05 am to 9:05 am. The adult and juvenile Harris's Sparrows did not put in an appearance. Twice flocks of 30+ Dark-eyed Juncos (Oregon, Pink-sided, Gray headed and one White winged) came below the eastern feeder. No sparrows came at all. No House Sparrows either.

A dark morph Red-tailed Hawk was near Governor's Row. A male Northern Harrier flew by as did an adult Bald Eagle.

Afterwards, Rebecca Kosten and I went over to Washington Park (Denver). The female Long-tailed Duck was swimming and diving near the eastern end. I believe I did get several good photos (should be on the Colorado Birding Society's photo library tonight:

We ate lunch in Parker and then visited the Twenty Mile Pond (Douglas). The male and female Barrow's Goldeneyes were still there! Only a pair of Common Goldeneyes was on the Walker Pit west of Franktown.

A drive through Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas) and past the Winkler Ranch did not find any bluebirds or sparrows.

At least 36 Great-tailed Grackles flew around the feedlot south of the Picadilly Tree Nursery at Picadilly Road and 152nd Avenue (Bromley Lane).

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