Sunday, January 29, 2012

Adams and Broomfield Counties Today

January 28, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I tried again for a photo of the Harris's Sparrow at Star K Ranch Open Space. The sparrow stopped below the southern feeder several times. Unfortunately, many people visited the Visitor's Center this Saturday. I was only able to get a few blurry photos.

We felt like some exercise and decided to hike along the South Platte River at 88th avenue (South Platte Birding Area, Adams County).

A male Barrow's Goldeneye was on the Platte River at 10 yards north (downstream) of the green/white tower. There was a good assortment of common ducks for those searching for photo opportunities.

Thousands of gulls were on Tani Reservoir. Unfortunately, they were all Ring-billed Gulls.

We heard about the gulls at Parkside Center Pond (Broomfield) and drove north. No gulls were at the pond when we arrived.

The good news was that several hundred gulls were on the ice at nearby Siena Pond (south of Parkside). The adult Iceland Gull and California Gull were among many Ring-billed Gulls and a dozen Herring Gulls.

One last Gull, at first glance appeared to be a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. When I put a scope on it, field marks were just not right. Others reported a Glaucous X Herring Gull at Parkside Center Pond (this is most likely the same Gull).

We were not able to find the Thayer's Gull or Lesser Black-backed Gull reported earlier in the day. On our second stop at Siena Pond later in the afternoon, nothing additional was added to our day list.

Our next stop was 138th avenue west of Harvest Road (Adams). There was no sign of either Snowy Owl.

Our birding day ended with a drive around the DIA Owl Loop. A few Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks were observed, no Short-eared Owls tonight.

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