Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Picking Up A Few 2014 Yearbirds in Boulder County

January 12, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed north to Boulder County to be up some first year (2014) birds.  Winds were terrible today (increased as the day continued, at times 26 mph, gusts to 38 mph).

The Golden-crowned Sparrow was in the windbreak around the parking area for Teller Lake # 5.  The Swamp Sparrow reported by Ted Floyd south along the trail was not relocated.

We scoped Valmont Reservoir from Legion Park (off Arapahoe Road).  The Tundra Swan was still there (since 12/8).  An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flew by and headed north.

We searched for the Swamp Sparrow at Walden Ponds (Cottonwood Marsh area) without success.

No longspurs or the Snow Bunting could be found along Lookout Road (west or east of 95th avenue).

Our trek continued north.  No uncommon gulls were found at Carter Lake or Lake Loveland (Larimer County).  Winds continued to get worse and we abandoned foothills lakes and decided to end our birding day at Wellington Wildlife Area (Larimer).

No one has reported Short-eared Owls there this winter; we thought to check that area out.  A Great Horned Owl was found south of Larimer County Road 64. 

A Long-eared Owl was found in one of the windbreaks.  We stood at the CR 3 parking area at dusk and observed a Short-eared Owl flying over the windbreak west of CR 3.

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