Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weld County to Arapahoe County to Denver County

March 28, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I drove to Weld County to see if any Mountain Plovers have arrived yet on a friend's ranch.  None was found.

We stopped at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) and relocated two Long-eared Owls along the western windbreak. 

When we drove to the southern parking area to check on birds around Pond 4, a Sage Thrasher was perched on the fence.  Nothing uncommon was found today.

For those wanting to visit, the northern half of the Wildlife Area (north of Hwy 52) is closed from April 1 to July 15.

While out doing chores in the afternoon, I stopped by Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Temperatures were in the high 40s; winds measured at 12+ mph.

Only a couple of Ring-billed Gulls stood on the southwest marina.  Eventually I would circle the whole park and not find any additional gulls.  Where were they today?

I received an email from Becky Campbell and drove the short distance to her home.  The Varied Thrush made an appearance within 30 minutes of my arrival.

Passing Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) on my way home, I again found few gulls.

A drive around the DIA Owl Loop relocated the two Burrowing Owls at Trussville Road & 114th Avenue.

While search for Short-eared Owls along Gun Club Road south of 112th avenue (Denver) I found one Burrowing Owl at the small prairie dog village about a mile south of that intersection.

No Burrowing Owls have arrived at the W. Cargo/Third Creek prairie dog village yet.

No Short-eared Owls were found this evening.

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