Saturday, December 7, 2013

Search for Snowy Owls, Weld & Morgan Counties

December 7, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I traveled up to Weld County after receiving a report of an immature Snowy Owl north of Riverside Reservoir.  Besides driving up and down Weld County Road 89, we also traveled many of the gravel roads north and east of the Reservoir.  Unfortunately, Riverside Reservoir is a private reservoir and permission to scope the large reservoir was not found.

Eventually we ended up at Jackson Reservoir (Morgan County).  A few American Robins, White-crowned and Song Sparrows were observed.  No uncommon sparrows or Varied Thrushes among the Robins, it was quite cold, around 9 degrees at 2:00 pm.

We were able to entice an Eastern Screech-Owl to respond to our recordings.  A Long-eared Owl was found by scoping the riparian area while we stood on the main road.  Having already found Long-eared Owls here this fall, we did not disturb them by walking through the Campgrounds.

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