Friday, March 22, 2013

Eastern Plains Scouting Trip

March 18 and 19, 2013

Richard Stevens:

March 18, 2013

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed to eastern Colorado to scout for future gallinaceous bird trips. 

Along the trip, we stopped at Flagler Reservoir (Kit Carson County).  Two Common Redpolls were with some American Goldfinches at the northeast corner.  A male Red-bellied Woodpecker was a little farther south along the eastern cottonwood tree line.

Nothing was happening in Siebert and we continued to Bonny Reservoir and Hale Ponds (Yuma).

At dusk, we listened for Common Poorwills at Hale Ponds.  None was found or expected; it is a few weeks early for their arrival.

We did find two Eastern Screech-Owls north of the Hale Ponds.

March 19, 2013

Bryan Ehlmann and I checked on several Greater Prairie-Chicken leks in Yuma County.  The Greater Prairie-Chickens are displaying on their leks.

Four+ birds were at the Yuma County Road 45 lek.

Six birds at Lek # 2 and Seven+ birds were at Lek # 3.  It is time to go on gallinaceous bird trips!

Late in the afternoon back in Denver, Rebecca and I stopped at the Triple Bar CCC Park (Douglas County) on our way to dinner.

A male Barrow's Goldeneye was still on the pond.  No Barrow's Goldeneyes were at nearby McCabe Meadows Park (where a Barrow's Goldeneye had been for many weeks).

The Triple Bar CCC Park Barrow's Goldeneye was not the same Barrow's Goldeneye as the McCabe Meadows Park bird different ages).

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