Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Following a Kelp Gull Report, Morgan County

August 28, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I made a one day trip up I76.  Our target bird was from a report we received of a larger Black backed Gull at Jackson Reservoir.  The reporter thought it to be a Kelp Gull.  While not a first county record, it would be quite a rare find.  Unfortunately, no black backed Gull was found at Jackson Reservoir or nearby Andrick Wildlife Area.

Our trip was not a lost.  A walk along the western Campgrounds found a Mourning Warbler deep in the woods between Lakeside Campgrounds and Cove Campgrounds (much bushwhacking required).

A Cassin's Vireo was along the eastern side of Pelican Campgrounds.  One of the two Long-eared Owls, which appeared to have stayed all year, was also relocated.

A walk along the north shore did not find any uncommon shorebirds.  A Common Tern flying along the shore was a nice consolation!

By the way, mosquitoes were horrible in the Campgrounds and the Jackson Reservoir Wildlife Area.

A detour to Brush Wildlife Area and Brush Prairie Wildlife Area found nothing uncommon to report.  A Red-bellied Woodpecker was seen at Brush Wildlife Area.  Previous reports of Upland Sandpipers and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo were not corroborated.

We detoured home by way of Prospect Valley to say hi to a friend.  Burrowing Owls continue along Weld County 24 1/2 Road.  No reports of migrating Mountain Plovers were found in the area.

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