Friday, August 21, 2015

Arapahoe, Adams, Weld County Trip

August 19, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Another beautiful day in Colorado, temperatures only reached the middle 70s; winds were 8 mph or less.  Jerry Petrosky and I birded eastern Arapahoe County, then north to southern Weld County.

More birds were around than yesterday's trip along the Jewell-Yale Loop (Arapahoe).  Two Loggerhead Shrike and three Western Kingbirds were along Smith Road.  Bird count picked up along East Yale Avenue (Arapahoe CR 22).  An additional five Loggerhead Shrikes and nine Western Kingbirds were seen here.  No Ash-throated Flycatcher or Red-headed Woodpecker was around today.

Our trip continued east along CR 30 (Quincy Avenue).  A stop at Box Elder Creek at CR 30 added a nice Cassin's Vireo to our trip list.

The CR 30 Playa 0.5 miles east of Arapahoe County Road 157 and the CR 149 Playa 0.7 miles north of CR 26 were both dried up.  Several dozen Lark Buntings were between CR 157 and CR 149.

We searched unsuccessfully for Mountain Plover north of Strasburg (Adams).  Traditional fields are covered with high weeds and plants due to this summer's many rains.  A dozen Great-tailed Grackles continued at the goat farm west of Bradbury-Krebs Road & CR 2.

Our drive continued north to Prospect Valley (Weld).  This small town has an Eurasian Collared-Dove problem.  Several hundred flew around Hwy 52 as we passed through.

We stopped at a friend's ranch to say "Hi" and get an update on the Mountain Plovers that nested on his property.  He had not seen any in several weeks now.  The Long-eared Owl pair that successfully nested was still in the windbreaks around his house.

A trip up to Weld County Road 24 1/2 found five Burrowing Owls.  On the trip back to Denver, Jerry pointed out a Long-billed Curlew in the field near CR 73 and Hwy 52 (Weld).

A quick drive through the DIA Owl Loop (Adams) found nine Burrowing Owls spread over four locations.  No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

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