Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Loop Around the Eastern Plains

October 8, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann, Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons and I made a loop from Last Chance Rest Stop, to Flagler Reservoir back to Denver.  Birding was quite exciting!

We stopped at the Last Chance Rest Stop (Washington County) and found the Black-throated Blue Warbler and Winter Wren.  Both were good finds for Washington County.

Then we headed south to I70 and Flagler (Kit Carson).  Flagler City Park had few birds.  We were about to head to Flagler Reservoir when we received the text message about the Hermit Warbler back at Last Chance Rest Stop.  We hopped in the car and made a quick trip back.

The Hermit Warbler was exactly where the text message stated (northeast corner of highway 36 and 71).  Nice to get a rare bird in less than 5 minutes as that does not happen often!

Then we headed back to Flagler Reservoir (Kit Carson).  In fact, we did not have the same success as birders the day before.  However, we did find one of the Swamp Sparrows, the Winter Wren and a Red-bellied Woodpecker at Flagler Reservoir.

Another Swamp Sparrow was at the Flagler Golf Course.  We missed yesterdays Palm Warbler and White-throated Sparrows.

A decision to stop at the Bennett Rest Stop at I70 and Hwy 36 turned out to be fantastic.  A Nashville Warbler skulked around under the evergreens at the east side.  While a Philadelphia Vireo hunted insects on the trees at the western end of the small oasis of trees along I70.

Quite a few other birds enjoyed the area.  These included Pine Siskins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, a Brown Creeper, Chipping Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, and Cedar Waxwings.

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