Thursday, December 26, 2013

Exploring Kit Carson County

December 24, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Today, Bryan Ehlmann, Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons and I walked around Fairview Cemetery in Burlington (Kit Carson County).  Pine Warblers have wintered here in the past.  Unfortunately, birding was slow today.  We did find a Great Horned Owl (perhaps keeping other birds from moving around) and two Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Three Great-tailed Grackles flew around Burlington (behind McDonald's and park near I70).

Later, we hiked around Flagler Reservoir (Kit Carson).  Two interesting birds were encountered.  A Swamp Sparrow was "called up" from below the dam.  Later Bryan spotted a Common Redpoll among a flock of House Finches (along the eastern side of the reservoir).

Many Rough-legged Hawks, one Ferruginous Hawk and a surprise Northern Goshawk were observed on our drive back to Denver (along Interstate 70).

Weather was quite cold today (temperatures never reached 30 degrees and anemometer readings were 14 mph, gusts to 22 mph).

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