Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jefferson, Douglas and Adams County Birding

April 27, 2011

Richard Stevens:

The day was partly sunny, little wind and temperatures in the lower 50s. Pleasant for a Colorado Spring!

Terry King and I searched unsuccessfully for Northern Pygmy-Owls at Reynolds Park (Jefferson County). We did get a Common Poorwill to respond to our recordings played at the west end of the western parking area.

We could not find any Dusky Grouse up to 400 yards south of the old service road.

Instead of hiking up the mountain, we drove over to highway 67 and Rampart Range Road (Douglas County). Here we found a male and female American Three-toed Woodpecker within 20 minutes of arrival. Both were approximately 0.1 miles east of the intersection.

After getting home, I received a text message of a Little Blue Heron at the Sprat-Platte Park. I scoped the island at the park, only found a Snowy Egret and 2 Great Blue Herons.

A pair of Great-tailed Grackles was along the path on the way to the island. Dozens of American White Pelicans were on the lake. A Yellow-headed Blackbird flew by overhead, did not appear to stop.

On the way home, I relocated Burrowing Owls along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams County). A pair of Great-tailed Grackles was still at the Picadilly Tree Nursery feedlot.

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