Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wet Return to Barr Lake and Cherry Creek Reservoir State Parks

September 12, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I wandered around Barr Lake State Park (Adams County) shortly after sunrise.  The downpour continued most of the morning.  Keeping our equipment dry was the biggest challenge.

As we figured, the birds were there and not moving around.  We got rather wet trudging through the wet grass at mile marker 7.2.  A quite wet Barn Owl hid in one of the cottonwoods.

Walking south of the boat ramp (mm 7.5), we found a pair of Townsend's Warblers down the Pioneer Trail (mm 8.1).  Just before reaching the banding area, we found a small loose flock of birds, which included a Western Wood-pewee, House Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Dusky Flycatcher, American Redstart and two Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Eventually we were tired of being soaking wet and went home.  The downpour might have been the strongest I have ever seen in Colorado.  Visibility made search for owls along the DIA Owl Loop impossible.

Late in the afternoon, Rebecca and I passed through (sort of) Cherry Creek State Park on our way to dinner.  A small group of 20 shorebirds below the eastern end of the northeast boat ramp included two Killdeer and one of the Pectoral Sandpipers, no Snowy Plover.

Unfortunately, the main road was closed between the 12 mile picnic area and the shooting range.  The southwestern entrance was also closed due to flooding.  We were not able to get to the southeastern mudflats.  We could see hundreds of shorebirds; unfortunately, they were too far away to identify.

Fog and rain was so thick that we could not see the southwest marina from the northeastern corner of the lake.  In addition, it was raining too hard to warrant walking around and looking for passerines.

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