Monday, March 28, 2011

Clear Creek County to Arapahoe County

March 27, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Mike Pressel and I were at Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County) at Sunrise. Two White-tailed Ptarmigan walked below the eastern side of the summit.

On the return to Denver, we stopped at Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson). The male Williamson's Sapsucker was drumming on his favorite telephone pole around the group picnic area.

We detoured to Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson). While we missed any Northern Pygmy-Owls, we did find an American Three-toed Woodpecker 100 yards west of the Parkview and Strawberry Jack trails.

After dropping Mike off at his motel, I drove over to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). The Semipalmated Plover was 20 feet off the bird observation platform, Cottonwood Creek Loop. The American Avocet and a Greater Yellowlegs was also there.

An alternate plumage Common Loon was off in the distance in the middle of the lake. One of the adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls was on the poles surrounding the southwest marina.

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