Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Day in Boulder County

January 8, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed to Boulder County to pick up a few birds for our year list.  It was a nice day for winter with temperatures in the 50s; winds were a little strong at 11+ mph, gusts to 28 mph.

Our first stop was Teller Lakes where we found one of the two previously reported Harris's Sparrows and the Golden-crowned Sparrow!

The male Northern Cardinal was cooperative.  When we arrived, he was in the bushes near the old pump house!

We tried to find the Bohemian Waxwings previously reported at the top of Flagstaff Mountain Road; without success.  When we could not find any Bohemian Waxwings, we continued west to Gross Reservoir.

A small flock of six Bohemian Waxwing flew around the subdivision at the northeast corner of the reservoir!  A drive down to the ranger's office/home did not find any Northern Pygmy-Owls (found in previous years).

We ended our daylight birding at Valmont Reservoir.  Gulls continued to fly back to the reservoir long after sunset.  Highlights were several Thayer's Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.  The dozen Tundra Swans were still on the reservoir.

After dark, we drove up Eldorado Canyon and hiked up the Mesa South Trail for about a mile or so.  No Eastern Screech-Owls or Northern Pygmy-Owls could be found.

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