Sunday, March 23, 2014

Search for Williamson's Sapsuckers (Jefferson County) and Burrowing Owls (Adams County)

 Richard Stevens:

On 3/22, I sent the following emails to the "cobirders" listserve.  Temperatures today were in the 40s; winds were less than 8 mph.

Hello cobirders;

Rebecca and I spent two hours at Genesee Mountain Park looking for Williamson's Sapsuckers.

We hiked to the top of the mountain. Total of four birds were observed: two Crows, one Townsend's Solitaire and one White breasted Nuthatch. We heard Pygmy Nuthatches but never saw them. The lack of birds was eerie.

Early date for WISA is well past but none today.

In spite of little wind, it was quite cold.

Continued Good Birding!

Directions to birding spots on CoBus website:

Hello cobirders;

Rebecca and I drove the DIA Owl Loop this afternoon. One Burrowing Owl was standing on a prairie dog mound between the road and the fence on the west side. This is the prairie dog town 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue.

Today 3/21 beats my previous early date of 3/23.

We saw 14 other raptors: one Ferruginous Hawk (over looking the same town), a pair of Northern Harriers, one Rough legged Hawk (getting late for them), a pair of American Kestrels, two Bald Eagles, and six Red tailed Hawks.

No Short eared Owls appeared this evening.

Continued Good Birding!

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