Friday, February 26, 2016

Two Day Trip to the Northeastern Plains

February 23-24, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Randy Crisman, Jay Bays and I headed east to find Greater Prairie-Chickens.

February 23

We stopped at Jackson Reservoir (Morgan).  Six to twelve Long-eared Owls were in the western Campgrounds.  The resident Eastern Screech-Owl was enticed to make an appearance.

A stop at Brush Wildlife Area (Morgan) found two Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  We could not find the previously reported Winter Wren.

Another Eastern Screech-Owl was found at Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Washington).

February 24

About an hour before sunrise, the three of us drove up and down Yuma County Road 45. 

Three Greater Prairie-Chickens were heard and seen at the CR 45 Leks.  My first displaying gallinaceous birds of 2016!

A stop at the Wray Fishing Unit (Yuma) added a Barn Owl to our trip list.

A male Northern Cardinal and White-throated Sparrow were found at nearby Stalker Pond. 

On the trip back to Denver, we stopped at Flagler Reservoir.  A Red-bellied Woodpecker was found along the northeast side of the Wildlife Area.

After sunset, we observed a Short-eared Owl flying over the field at the northwest corner.

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