Friday, October 12, 2012

Birding East of Denver

October 12, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I started our birding day at Barr Lake (Adams County).  The young Harris's Sparrow was as secretive as yesterday.  It did come out of the bushes near the old farm equipment twice in the hour we watched.  The juvenile White-throated Sparrow was a no show.

We headed to Bennett and the Interstate 70 Rest Stop.  Unfortunately, no uncommon birds were found at the Rest Stop this trip.

We walked around Bennett and eventually found the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker after about 1.5 hours.  The Long-eared Owl was once again in an evergreen on the east side of town.

The rest of our day was spent at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld).  The Winter Wren of 10/7 remains in the same area north of Pond 5.  A second Winter Wren was found south of Pond 4!  Today we relocated two Long-eared Owls.

No additional uncommon birds were encountered.  A Great Horned Owl flew out of the cottonwoods at Pond 13.

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