Monday, March 2, 2015

First Day of March, Birding In Douglas County

March 1, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Early this morning, I drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams County) in search of owls.  The early Burrowing Owl was sticking his head out of a prairie dog mound at Trussville Street and 114th avenue (see photo in March's "Colorado Field Notes").  No Short-eared Owls flew about this cold morning.

I continued to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) where hundreds of gulls stood on the ice at the southwest corner of the lake.  Some"good" gulls were among the many Ring-billed Gulls.

These included an adult Mew Gull, a very white Iceland Gull, two adult and one juvenile Thayer's Gulls and at least three Lesser Black-backed Gulls (two adult, one 1st cycle).

Later, Bryan Ehlmann and I headed to the Douglas County foothills in the afternoon.  Temperatures were in the low 30s; winds mild.

Our first stop was the McCabe Meadows Park Pond (best access from the Salisbury Equestrian Center).  The pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes first reported yesterday by Tim Ryan was still there.

We then drove through Sedalia to Rampart Range Road and Highway 67.  A flock of five Cedar Waxwings and a Townsend's Solitaire were at the Sedalia Cemetery (Douglas County).

We relocated the American Three-toed Woodpecker along Hwy 67, just east of Rampart Range Road.  Later a Northern Pygmy-Owl was relocated along Rampart Range Road, south of Hwy 67.

The Northern Pygmy-Owls farther down Highway 67 and along Sugar Creek Road were not found this night.

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