Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jefferson County Foothills

August 28, 2013

Rebecca Kosten:

Richard and I went to Cheesman Reservoir early this morning to beat the afternoon heat. Our target bird was the Acorn Woodpecker photographed by Jean Langel on 8/18.

It would have been a new county bird for both us if it was found. After spending a couple of hours at the "woodpecker hot spot" we only found a Lewis's Woodpecker and two Red-headed Woodpeckers. We also missed the Nashville Warbler reported farther down the road.

We stopped at Staunton State Park and hiked around Colorado's newest State Park.  There were plenty of common foothills birds but nothing rare.  A Flammulated Owl was recently reported here, seen during the day.  Unfortunately, we did not find any owls.  The day was warming up rapidly.  It was close to 90 degrees by noon.

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