Sunday, August 2, 2015

Search for Ash-throated Flycatcher along Yale Avenue Loop

August 2, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and drove the East Yale Avenue loop (Arapahoe County) in search of the reported Ash-throated Flycatcher.  We traveled the E. Yale to CR 97 to E. Jewell loop twice, did not find the Ash-throated Flycatcher.

Most interesting birds were along E. Yale Avenue.  It was partially sunny on our first trip; a downpour scattered most birds on our second pass.  Anemometer readings during the thunderstorm were 14 mph, gusts to 21 mph.

Our count included fourteen wet Western Kingbirds, three Loggerhead Shrikes, many Western Meadowlarks, one Burrowing Owl, which stood on a fence post for as many photos we desired, several Grasshopper Sparrows and one Savannah Sparrow.

Once the rain started, we headed to Aurora Reservoir. No Ash-throated Flycatcher there either, anemometer readings were 26 mph, with gusts to 33 mph. 

Winds died down by the time we reached the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  A couple of wet Burrowing Owls were on fence lines.

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