Friday, May 24, 2013

Crow Valley Campgrounds to Sterling, Colorado

May 22, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

After camping overnight at Pennock Pass (and seeing three Flammulated Owls), Richard Stevens and Bryan Ehlmann headed east toward northeastern Colorado.

It was windy when they arrived at Crow Valley Campground, Weld County.  In spite of the wind, they found some interesting birds.  These included a Gray-cheeked Thrush, Veery, Cassin's Vireo and Plumbeous Vireo. 

In addition, less exciting birds included Common Poorwill, Western Tanager, Swainson's Thrushes, a Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher and House Wrens.

They did not relocate the Black-throated Gray Warbler reported from several days prior to their visit.

Continuing east, they spent several hours at Overland Trail Park in Sterling, Logan County.  Both Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Black-billed Cuckoos have nested in this park but not for several years.

They found neither cuckoo but did find some interesting birds.  These included a Mourning Warbler hidden in the thickets along the South Platte River, a singing male Baltimore Oriole, a Red-eyed Vireo and rare Philadelphia Vireo!

When they scoped down the South Platte River from Highway 6, two Purple Martins were seen hawking insects along with five species of swallows.

With only two hours of daylight remaining, they went to the west side of Sterling and Pioneer Park.  An American Redstart flew about the main trail.  An Eastern Screech-Owl responded to their recordings.

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