Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Windy Day in Northeastern Colorado

January 20, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Up in northeastern Colorado to help a wounded (broke leg) friend with chores, Anemometer readings were steady at 21 mph, gusts to 34 mph.

A quick drive to Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick Counties) in the morning had found a Lesser Black-backed Gull and Thayer's Gull along the southeastern edge.  When they flew up into the wind, they hovered one place.

Watching White-cheeked Geese and White Geese try and fly north was interesting.  It took much effort for them to fly to the fields north of the reservoir to eat.

One of the resident Eastern Screech-Owls called without any incitation. 

Two Eastern Screech-Owls called on Roger Danka's ranch at dusk.  Many sparrows visited his feeders (although none was uncommon-Fox Sparrow or Harris's Sparrow).

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