Monday, November 10, 2014

Adams to Weld to Larimer Counties Some Nice Owling

November 8, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Another beautiful fall day in Colorado.  Winds were calm with temperatures in the high 60s.

Bryan Ehlmann and I were out and about before sunrise.  A Short-eared Owl was observed flying around the field at the south dead end of Gun Club Road (where it goes south from 112th avenue).  Eventually we watched in land in the field a good 200 yards south of the road (beyond the fence).

Next we drove to Barr Lake (Adams) hoping to relocate the Harris's Sparrow reported earlier by Cathy Sheeter (below the dam).  Unfortunately, we could not find it.  A Barn Owl was observed in the cottonwoods at mile 7.2 (above the dam).  The rumor of a Golden-crowned Sparrow along the east side did not pan out for us.

We walked the Platte River Birding Area at 88th Avenue (Adams) hoping to find an early Barrow's Goldeneye along the South Platte River.  None was found.  We did find a Surf Scoter on nearby Tani Reservoir (Adams).

Another Surf Scoter was found on Lower Latham Reservoir (Weld).  Best shot is to scope the lake from the East side off Weld County Road 47.  No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

Bryan and I then drove to a friend's ranch west of Loveland (Larimer).  We set up our "owl listening stations" and sat in lawn chairs (covered with warm blankets).  Eventually, three Northern Saw-whet Owls and a Northern Pygmy-Owl were found.

If interested write me for directions on our "owl listening stations" and night vision goggles.  The stations cost about $1000/each to put together.  Goggles can be purchased online for about $4000/each.

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