Monday, May 9, 2011

Continued Owling Trip

May 4 to 5, 2011

Richard Stevens:

After getting a few hours sleep (camping in Estes Park), Bryan and I continued our owl search this time in Douglas County.

Along the trip, we stopped at Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas). We stood at the end of Plum Creek Delta and watched 3 Snowy Egrets along the creek. Within 15 minutes, the Tricolored Heron walked out of the willows and gave us a brief but good look!

We then continued to Highway 67 and Deckers Road. We stopped about every 0.2 miles (from where the paved hwy 67 has a detour spur that is gravel and played a recording. Only one Northern Pygmy-Owl answered tonight. It was before midnight and recording on 5/4.

No owls called from midnight to 5:00 am and we returned to Denver.

Before heading for home, Bryan and I stopped at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson County). We recorded the 4 "Zonotrichia sparrows" (Golden-crowned, Harris's, White-throated & White-crowned) and the Curve-billed Thrasher, and then totally exhausted, we steered toward home.

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