Friday, September 11, 2015

Cherry Creek Trail Fall Count

September 9, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Today eight of us conducted the Cherry Creek Trail Fall Count (3rd annual).  Temperatures were 48 degrees at sunrise; winds were less than 4 mph.  By the afternoon, temperatures rose to the high 80s.

The Count is along the Cherry Creek bike trail from Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas) to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  We split into groups of two and kept in contact by radios.

Highlights were few; the fantastic day made the walks on relatively flat bike paths quite enjoyable.

The number one highlight was an Eastern Screech-Owl (we are keeping location undisclosed).

Other highlights: at Hidden Mesa Open Space: Nashville Warbler, Cassin's Vireo and Plumbeous Vireo (in cottonwoods and willows along Cherry Creek).

At Whispering Pines Park, (not part of the count): two Townsend's Warblers and a Plumbeous Vireo.

Other birds found included: House Wrens at two locations, MacGillivray's Warbler, five Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireo, Downy Woodpeckers (11), Hairy Woodpecker (2), and a Virginia's Warbler.

Misses: while late in the season, we hoped for a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  No additional owls.

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