Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Elbert and Douglas Counties

May 16, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I birded most of the day in Elbert County.  We found some interesting birds, most unlikely to be relocated.  Our day list in Elbert County included American Redstart, Eastern Phoebe, Gray-cheeked Thrush & Long-billed Curlew.

The Gray-cheeked Thrush at Box Elder Creek at County Line Road (just west of CR 29) could possibly be relocated.  Bring a scope; the thrush was under the willows about 30 yards south of County Line Road.

Some birds that can be found again were along Castlewood Canyon Road in Douglas.  At the Winkler Ranch we found five male and two female Bobolink, four pairs of nesting Western Bluebirds, two pairs of nesting Mountain Bluebirds (in bluebird boxes), ten Wild Turkey (along road when it runs east to west and one or two Lewis's Woodpeckers (look for snags along road).

We hiked Cherry Creek from the old homestead to the parking area for the Falls.  An Ovenbird & Least Flycatcher were the highlight.  Turkey Vultures and a Golden Eagle circled overhead.

No Northern Saw-whet Owls could be found this evening.

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