Monday, April 11, 2016

Birding Northern Colorado

April 10, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Paul Bassett and drove to Jackson Reservoir (Morgan) in search of Long-eared Owls.  Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) is closed for nesting birds until July 15.

Eventually we found six Long-eared Owls around the western Campgrounds.  Two Bonaparte's Gulls were observed flying below the dam.

On our way to Pawnee National Grasslands, we spotted a Mountain Plover along Morgan County Road 4.  It was just south of the Weld County line (where MCR 4 becomes WCR 105).

We found our Mountain Plover for the day and did not take the time to search for additional birds on Pawnee National Grasslands.  A drive along Weld County Road 96, west of CR 77 found many McCown's Longspurs and two Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

Next, we headed to the foothills to search for Flammulated Owls.  A quick detour in Fort Collins added the Prothonotary Warbler at Lee Martinez Park (Larimer) to our day list!

We drove toward Pennock Pass to search for Flammulated Owls.  First ran into rain, then it started to snow.  That ended our owling plans.

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