Thursday, December 15, 2011

Misplaced Plans

December 12, 2011

Rebecca Kosten;

Richard Stevens and my plans were to travel down to Morrison and search for the Varied Thrush reported earlier. Then we were to search for the Golden-crowned Sparrow at Red Rocks Park. Neither happened.

Rebecca Kosten: Following is an email sent by Richard to "cobirders" listserve:

Beautiful day outside, slightly chilly, I was able to spend much time in the fresh air. Reason: two flat tires, one spare, one good wrist.

I was able to get a look at the Barrow's Goldeneyes at the South Platte Birding Area (88th & Colorado Blvd), before seeing the first flat tire. Then discovered that my Saturn Vue had a car jack, but no way to take off the lug nuts. Called AAA.

Changed tire and started to Lowell Ponds Wildlife Area when we got a second flat tire (about 3.5 miles from the first). Okay, no spare, called AAA.

After waiting 2 hours for a tire to be fixed, went to nearest Discount Tire. Huge nails in both tires, too big to take chance with a car that I drive 100s of miles on back roads in the middle of nowhere.

Cost: Too much time $600 for new tires AAA priceless!!! Thanks guys!

Highlight: Expensive Barrow's Goldeneyes on Platte River below green/white tower. Two males and a female! Had plenty of time to scope East & West Gravel Lakes, few birds.

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