Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pleasant Drive Around Weld County

March  15, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan & Sue Ehlmann, Rebecca Kosten and I enjoyed this record breaking temperature winter day with a drive to Pawnee National Grasslands and surrounding area (Weld County).

Our main target bird was a Mountain Plover.  None was found as we checked half a dozen traditional nesting sites.  No migrating or summer resident sparrows were found either.  All should be arriving any day now.  Nothing exciting was found today, still it was a warm pleasant day to drive around Colorado.

Birds counted today included: American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, a Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawks, Golden Eagles, a Prairie Falcon, Northern Shrike, Loggerhead Shrike, White-crowned Sparrows and regulars (Northern Flickers, European Starlings, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mourning Doves and Eurasian Collared-Doves).

We stopped at several friends' ranches and caught up their winter bird lists.  Gray-crowned Rosy Finches again made it to eastern Weld County this winter!

Crow Valley Campgrounds was slow.  A search around the windbreak at the Washington Work Center did not find any owls.

One McCown's Longspur was observed flying around Weld County Road 93, south of Highway 14.  We ran across Lapland Longspurs twice (total of only 5 birds).

No Short-eared Owls were found around the Lower Latham Reservoir area at dusk.

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