Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Unsuccessful Search for Owls

January 6, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I went searching for owls in Douglas County today.  It was another cold winter day as the high was not much more than 32 degrees.  Winds were calm most of the day.

We drove around Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson) and found the wintering Brant in the western Campgrounds.  A quick stop at South Platte Park Reservoir (Arapahoe) found the three Long-tailed Ducks swimming quite far from the shore.

Another detour to Red Rocks Park (Jefferson) added the Golden-crowned Sparrow to Bryan's year list.  The White-throated Sparrow unfortunately did not appear.

Next, we walked around Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson) and searched for American Three-toed Woodpeckers and Northern Pygmy-Owls.  Neither was found.

Then we headed to Cheesman Reservoir (Douglas).  Regrettably, no owls or woodpeckers were found.  The snow-covered roads were not the greatest to drive.  We ended our trip at highway 67 and Rampart Range Road.  Again, the resident American Three-toed Woodpecker(s) and owls were missed.

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