Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Douglas, Jefferson and Adams County Trip

April 17, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I headed to Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas County) to look for yesterday's reported Broad-winged Hawk. It was not found.

We did find a Western Wood-pewee and another flycatcher observed too briefly to identify along Castlewood Canyon Road (west side of the State Park). A few Turkey Vultures (no Black Vultures) circled overhead.

Then we circled Denver and stopped at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson). Birds were quite scarce. In our two hour sit except for a brief appearance of the Golden-crowned Sparrow, only 2 Spotted Towhees, 1 Song Sparrow, House Finches and Western Scrub-Jays were observed. The Fox Sparrow did not make an appearance.

We pass through the DIA Owl Loop on our trip home. A couple of Burrowing Owls were at the prairie dog village (3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th avenue). No Short-eared Owls or other raptors found tonight.

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