Saturday, June 30, 2012

Birding In Douglas County

June 29, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Today Rebecca Kosten and I tried to find the Lewis's Woodpeckers near Louviers for Gregg Jones and Melissa Carter.  We did not succeed.

Since Dupont Open Space was not far away, we went there and scoped the woods for Yellow-billed Cuckoos.  None was seen or heard (no response to our recordings).

A couple of Cedar Waxwings, half a dozen Pine Siskins and many Robins were at the Sedalia Cemetery.

We returned to Denver by way of Lake Gulch and Castlewood Canyon Roads.  At least five male and a female Bobolink remain at the Winkler Ranch fields (about 200 yards south of the entrance).

A Cordilleran Flycatcher and 2 Spotted Towhees were on the hillside across the road from the Bobolink field.

Mountain Bluebirds, several Western Bluebirds and many Tree Swallows are still using the nesting boxes.

Inside Castlewood Canyon State Park, we decided to hike the old Cherry Creek dam trail.  A singing Least Flycatcher was about 300 yards downstream (north) of the broken down dam.

Other birds encountered included Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warblers, Spotted Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, and a Virginia's Warbler!

We stopped briefly at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) to add a Black-chinned Hummingbird to our day list.

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