Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Birding Around Denver

June 5-6, 2012

Richard Stevens:

June 5

Rebecca and I rested up most of the day.  A drive along the DIA Owl Loop the last hour before sunset did find Burrowing Owls at their usual locations (see CoBus website if interested in detailed directions:

A Ferruginous Hawk was around the site at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue.

June 6

Rebecca Kosten and I headed south to Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas Counties).  Our target was the Yellow-throated Vireo and Plumbeous Vireo that are perhaps nesting south of Kingfisher Bridge.

Directions were superb and we found the Plumbeous Vireo right away.  Within 15 minutes, the Yellow-throated Vireo was spotted high up in a cottonwood tree.  We were not sure if the nest was located by us (never actually saw either bird on a nest).

On the walk back to the Kingfisher Bridge parking area, we found two American Redstarts.  One was at the old White-eyed Vireo location (for those who know the area and history).  An adult male was just south of the end of the paved path.

On the walk in and back out, two Eastern Phoebes were observed "hawking insects" near the trailhead (on west side of the S. Platte River).

We continued on the north side of the main road hoping to see a Green Heron (ponds here are traditional locations).  However, the swallow ponds were almost dry; no herons were found.

A few Western Wood-pewees (no indication of Eastern Wood-Pewee call) and a couple of female Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were found flying around the riparian area.

1 comment:

Barry G. said...

Is the Ferruginous Hawk a dark morph? Just this weekend, I saw a large dark raptor nesting south and around the corner from the prairie dog town 3.4mi east of 96th and Tower.

I didn't get a great look at it, so I couldn't decide whether it was a large hawk or a Golden Eagle. If you saw a dark morph Ferruginous, that might be the same bird - or its partner?