Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Douglas, Arapahoe & Fremont Counties

June 20, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Today was rainy with cool temperatures in the low 70s. In between the rainfall, Rebecca Kosten and I searched for the Dickcissel reported yesterday by Hugh Kingery along the Walker Trail (Douglas County). The rains stopped for a while; however then the winds picked up (12+ mph, gusts 21+ mph). There was no sign of a Dickcissel for us.

On the way back home, we drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). A male Black-chinned Hummingbird was again east of the ranger's office. Caution, look close, there is also a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird in the area (mainly just north of the ranger's office).

We found no uncommon gulls or terns. I walked around the model airplane field area looking for an Arapahoe County Cassin's Sparrow; without success.

Two Burrowing Owls braved the winds and flew around the DIA Owl Loop (3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th avenue).

In other news, Jacob Washburn and Ray Simmons went down south to the Canon City area (Fremont). They relocated several Black-throated Sparrows near Williamsburg, and then continued west to Temple Canyon State Park.

Temple Canyon State Park was quite birdy. They reported Gray Vireo, Gray Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, two Pinyon Jays and a Common Poorwill.

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