Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Search for Least Bittern in Morgan County

September 20, 2011

Amy Davenport; Compiled from cell phone calls from Richard Stevens:

After leaving Estes Park yesterday, we drove to Andrick Wildlife Area near Jackson Reservoir in Morgan County hoping to find the Least Bittern reported the day before.

We did not have any success and did not find the American Bittern either. After sunset, we heard the Eastern Screech-Owl at the southern Campgrounds.

This morning we returned to Andrick Wildlife Area and again missed the Least Bittern. I got no response to a Least Bittern recording. An American Bittern did respond to an American Bittern recording.

A walk around Jackson Reservoir did find a few uncommon birds. Two Townsend's Warblers were at the southern Campgrounds. A Palm Warbler with a loose flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-capped Chickadees, and Chipping Sparrows that flew about the cottonwoods east of the northern Campgrounds.

We saw a juvenile Sabine's Gull from the dam, south side of Jackson Reservoir. No Eastern Screech-Owls were enticed to show themselves at the Campgrounds or the southern riparian area.

At Brush Wildlife Area, we circled the outer border. A male Red-bellied Woodpecker was along the northern side. Three Yellow-rumped Warblers were the only warblers found. They were along the east side of the pond.

At Fort Morgan Ponds, we walked west to Riverside Park. A Cassin's Vireo was in the tall cottonwoods just east of Riverside Park.

The many sparrows turned out to be Chipping Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Several Red-tailed Hawks and two Swainson's Hawks were in the Wildlife Area. No Eastern Screech-Owls were found after sunset.

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