Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eastern Plains

September 17, 2011

Bryan Ehlmann;

(Kit Carson County) The final day of our trip started with a walk around Burlington Cemetery, north of town. A Great Horned Owl called before sunrise. We would have liked an Eastern Screech-Owl but the GHOW was nice too. The definite highlight was a Pine Warbler by itself in the middle of the cemetery. It stayed pretty much up high in the middle of the evergreen trees.

Nothing much else was found around town except a few Great-tailed Grackles, traditional "hotspots" were quiet today.

Flagler Reservoir was slow. Highlights were a Hooded Warbler at the south end and a Field Sparrow at the northeast end. No Sedge Wrens or Black Rails.

(Adams County) After dropping off Sue and Rebecca, Richard and I hiked at Barr Lake State Park from mile 0.5 to 0.0 to 7.5. The walk helped to work the cramps out of our legs, too many miles sitting in a car. Winds were nil until a storm front hurried in rather speedily.

A small flock of birds at the southwest edge of the banding area included a Nashville Warbler, one Townsend's Warbler, one Orange-crowned Warbler, two Wilson's Warblers and a Yellow Warbler. Also a Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and Hermit Thrush.

It started to rain quite a bit at 5:00 PM. We had to make an immediate exit with the lightning and downpour.

The rain had stopped to the south and we searched for owls. It's too early for the Burrowing Owls to abandon their nesting grounds. However, we found none along the DIA Owl Loop. No Short-eared Owls either.

Richard gave an interesting talk at our meeting tonight on bird migration and radar. It will be summarized in October's "Colorado Field Notes".

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