Monday, February 27, 2012

End to Northeastern Plains Trip

February 25, 2012

Rebecca Kosten for Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I finally had our fill of the high winds and decided to return to Denver. Winds 28-30 mph with gusts to 42 mph influenced our decision to not stop at Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick) or return to Jackson Reservoir (Morgan).

We made a brief stop at Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick), could not get the resident Eastern Screech-Owls to call or appear.

A flock of Cedar Waxwings at Red Lion Wildlife Area (Logan) stopped us. One Bohemian Waxwing was among 32 Cedar Waxwings (along the southern windbreak).

After an early dinner (or late lunch), Bryan, Sue Rebecca and I decided to check on the Snowy Owl(s) east of Barr Lake (Adams County).

It was a good choice. The adult Snowy Owl was found north of 14550 Harvest Road. Scope along the fence line at the north end of the yard. The Snowy Owl was near the 47th wooden fence post east of the line of white vinyl fence. Beware of the white plastic bag at fence post 34 and ignore the white metal southeast of that.

The immature Snowy Owl was back at "his favorite spot". He hid well in the small high grasses along the ridge north of 138th avenue and west of Harvest Road.

High winds made steadying our scopes difficult. Eventually all managed good views of the Snowy Owl.

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