Sunday, February 21, 2016

Reynolds Park, Adams County Lakes & Rocky Mountain Arsenal

February 21, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Randy Crisman, Jay Bays and I were at Reynolds Park (Jefferson County) before sunrise.  We head a Northern Pygmy-Owl somewhere around the larger parking area.  Unfortunately, we could not find the owl.

Later we found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker northeast of the intersection of Oxen Draw and Eagle's View trails.

Our fortune continued when we observed a Dusky Grouse walking north of the Eagle's View Trail near the overlook clearing.

We also found Pine Siskins, six Red Crossbills, three species of nuthatches (Red breasted, White breasted & Pygmy) and both chickadees (Mountain & Black capped).

Misses: no Williamson's Sapsucker was found, however, no expected.

With all the Long-tailed Ducks around Colorado recently, I thought to check the many gravel ponds in Adams County.  None was found.

A male Barrow's Goldeneye was on East Gravel Lake.  A pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes was at the southwest side of Tani Reservoir.

Nothing uncommon was on the three West Gravel Lakes, Cooley Gravel Pond, Dahlia Ponds or Barrington Reservoir #9.

I ended my birding day at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (also Adams County).  Canvasbacks were the most numerous ducks on Lake Ladora & Lower Derby Lake.

At least one Barn Owl and two Long-eared Owls were along the Legacy Trail.

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