Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Weld County Birding Ending at Cameron Pass, Jackson County

May 20, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

Richard Stevens and Bryan Ehlmann searched for birds at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area this morning.  It rained during their two-hour stay.

The best bird found was a male Mourning Warbler.  It flittered about the windbreak on the western side of the southern ponds.  Northern ponds are closed to human activity until July 15.

A wet Spotted Towhee and a few Robins were also recorded.

They then went north toward Crow Valley north of Briggsdale, CO.  A few interesting birds were found in Weld County.

A Whimbrel was south of County Road 48 at Lower Latham Reservoir.  Two White-rumped Sandpipers walked the shore at Loloff Reservoir.  Nothing uncommon was seen at the County 59 Ponds.

They could not relocate the interesting birds, Winter Wren and Black-throated Gray Warbler reported yesterday at Crow Valley Campground.  However, a Cassin's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Baltimore Oriole and Red-eyed Vireo were found.

Two Mountain Plover walked around their nesting grounds on the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Norma's Grove located east of CR 100 and 57 added a Gray-cheeked Thrush to their trip list.

At dusk, they watched ten+ Greater Sage-Grouse display and dance around their Lek along Jackson County Road 26!

Well after sunset, they found Boreal Owls near Cameron Pass in Jackson County.  Two were heard west of Cameron Pass.  Another was heard south of the Crags Campgrounds.

Location of owls without disturbance is most important.  They did not use spotlights to see the owls.

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