Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another Windy Day In Northeastern Colorado

January 21, 2014

Richard Stevens:

It was an interesting day in Northeastern Colorado.  Winds were steady at 36 mph with gusts to 41 mph.  Holding binoculars steady to see anything half a football field away was quite a chore.

We walked the southern section of Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan County) at daybreak.  No Greater Prairie-Chickens came into view.  Nothing was flying around in the high winds; we missed Short-eared Owls. 

The wind made for a short day; we did stop at Julesburg Wayside Rest Stop where in previous years Eastern Towhees and Common Ground-doves have been reported in past years.  Neither was found today.  A brilliant red male Northern Cardinal brighten up the cottonwoods along the South Platte River.

From there, we headed for shelter from the winds and helped our friend with chores.  A day or two of ranch work is fine, would not want to do it all the time.

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