Sunday, August 14, 2011

Trip To Northeastern Colorado

August 12, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Coming back from Julesburg, we stopped at Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Washington). Never found the Neotropic Cormorants although we searched for several hours. Mosquitoes were relentless.

A quick hike at the western trees found no uncommon birds. A Nashville Warbler was the only uncommon bird below the dam.

Returned to Denver in time to search briefly for the Great Crested Flycatcher at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe); without success.

August 11, 2011

After sunrise, Roger Danka and I traveled to Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan County) looking for "late sighting dates" for a few species.

It was a productive morning before we retired for a few hours of sleep.

The western sections of the Wildlife Area added a Bell's Vireo, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Spotted Towhees, 3 House Wrens and a flock of American Goldfinches to our day list.

The eastern sections added (Eastern Screech-Owl, before civil twilight), 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 House Wrens, many Lark Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, 2 Cassin's Sparrows, many Vesper Sparrows, a Great Crested Flycatcher, 5+ Western Wood-pewees, and five species of swallows (with Northern Rough-winged Swallow missing of the six regular summer visitors).

Late in the afternoon, we found Dickcissels at two locations in Sedgwick County. Roger's ranch still has 2 Eastern Screech-Owls and a Northern Cardinal.

August 10, 2011

Roger Danka and I searched for owls around Logan County all night. We found (heard) five Eastern Screech-Owls at five locations (one new location)!

Two Long-eared Owls were heard at Little Jumbo Reservoir/Red Lion Wildlife Area. Just before sunrise, we saw a Short-eared Owl at Sedgwick Draw!

It was quite a productive night and tiring to say the least!

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