Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Southern Bird Trip

August 20-22, 2012

Bryan Ehlmann: transcripts from telephone messages

August 20, 2012

While looking for the Red-eyed Vireo reported by Cici Lee at Sondermann Park in Colorado Springs, Richard Stevens and Rebecca Kosten found a Cassin's Vireo in the same area.

In Pueblo, they walked Valco Ponds in both directions from the parking lot.  Highlights included a molting Summer Tanager west of the parking lot and a Black Phoebe to the east.

In the afternoon, they found the pair of Acorn Woodpeckers at Pueblo Mountain Park.

After dark, they found three Northern Saw-whet Owls around South Creek Trail.  A Flammulated Owl was heard between the trailhead and the Davenport Campgrounds to the north.

August 21, 2012

Richard Stevens and Rebecca Kosten found a Cassin's Vireo and Red-eyed Vireo north of the parking lot for the Lake Dorothey Wildlife Area, Las Animas County.

Five Wild Turkeys were seen in the Colorado section of the road into the Wildlife Area.  For those not familiar, Lake Dorothey Wildlife Area is accessed through New Mexico.

Wild Turkeys were seen flying overhead at the parking lot.

August 22, 2012

Richard Stevens and Rebecca Kosten heard two Northern Saw-whet Owls just south of the northern border of the Lake Dorothey Wildlife Area.

On the hike back to the parking lot, they found a female Hepatic Tanager about 800 yards south of the northern border.  Later they found a male Hepatic Tanager about 200 yards northeast of the parking lot.

A Greater Roadrunner was seen along Las Animas County Road 119.8 once they were back in Colorado.  Fifty+ Common Nighthawks flew overhead at dusk near Trinchera.

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