Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 23, 2012

Richard Stevens:

I received a report of an American Woodcock at Fort Morgan Ponds (Morgan County).  Rebecca Kosten and I headed northeast up Interstate 76.

Unfortunately, we did not find an American Woodcock at the ponds or along the South Platte River.  Our search was over 4 hours.  We walked from Fort Morgan Ponds to Riverside Park, then back along the River.

Later we visited Jackson Lake State Park (Morgan).  Gull numbers were low; nothing uncommon was found.  A Semipalmated Plover was observed from the Jackson Lake Wildlife Area. 

Dozens of American Robins roamed the western Campgrounds.  A flock of 14 warblers was all Yellow-rumped Warblers but one Orange-crowned Warbler.  At least one Long-eared Owl continues (we did not see evidence of nesting).

A Harris's Sparrow was found south of the Pelican Campground parking area.

At dusk, we heard an Eastern Screech-Owl calling.  Several Great Horned Owls called west of the Campgrounds.  No Short-eared Owls were seen while we stood north of the Campgrounds (historically this is a good location to find Short-eared Owls).

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