Thursday, October 8, 2015

Birding Around Denver and another Eastern Screech-Owl Count

October 1, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Since I had been up all night and was near the Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver), I stopped for another search for the possible Philadelphia Vireo.  I walked the northern side of the Gardens (from Cheesman Park) twice. 

Few birds were moving around at 8:00 am.  The first house west of the Gardens had a bird feeder.  It attracted a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches.  Four Pygmy Nuthatches flew by and were the only unexpected sightings.

Next, I drove south to the Parker Jordan Centennial Open Space (Arapahoe) to search for the Nashville Warbler reported yesterday.  It was never found in the vast likely habitat along Cherry Creek, which runs through the Park.

The highlight was a male MacGillivray's Warbler, which was found quite upstream from the Nashville Warbler report.  Other birds found included two House Wrens still around, four Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Spotted Towhee.

My final stop before heading for home and some sleep was Hidden Mesa Open Space (Douglas).  Again, few birds were encountered.  I did count four House Wrens and another MacGillivray's Warbler.

Sleep..............before tonight's Screech Owl Search.

October 1 (night into October 2)

Our Eastern Screech-Owl count continued this night.  Conditions were not the best.  Winds were 13 mph, gusts to 18 mph at times.  Eastern Screech-Owl count was Cheesman Park (1), North Park Hill (2) and Five Points (4).

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