Thursday, April 5, 2012

South Platte River Birding Area

April 5, 2012

For the record, Rich Stevens did not survive the week without going birding. Rebecca Kosten, Rich, Sue and I walked the South Platte Birding Area from 88th Avenue and Colorado Blvd to highway 224.

Most of the ducks wintering in the area have departed. On the other hand, it could be they dispersed to the many lakes in the area.

A male Barrow's Goldeneye was on the S. Platte River at 40 yards upstream of the green/white tank. It flew to Tani Reservoir when a dog walker came down the path.

The Harris's Sparrow did not come by the feeders at Star K Ranch Open Space. We stayed about an hour. The lack of sparrows and juncos (they are currently not sparrows) along the nature walk was a little surprising.

We found three Burrowing Owls on the DIA Owl Loop at the prairie dog town at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue. No Short-eared Owls seen.

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