Thursday, June 2, 2016

Trip to Pawnee National Grasslands

May 25, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I stopped by Barr Lake (Adams) on our way to Pawnee National Grasslands.

We could not relocate the Gray-cheeked Thrush I discovered yesterday near mile 2.5.  A bright reddish Wood Thrush was a great consolation prize!

Later we relocated Barn Owls at the banding station and Pioneer trail and a Long-eared Owl at the entrance windbreak.

Crow Valley Campground (Weld) was interesting.  We missed the Red-headed Woodpecker however did find a Red-eyed Vireo and American Redstart.

Two Chestnut-collared Longspurs were relocated along Weld County Road 96, just east of CR 69.  McCown's Longspurs and Lark Buntings were quite easy to find.

We stopped at a known Mountain Plover nest.  One Mountain Plover was wandering around looking for food. She/he was not far from two eggs lying in a swallow depression.

Later two Burrowing Owls were found at the "old Mountain Plover field" at Highway 14 & Weld County Road 51.

Misses included Cassin's Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows (both have already been reported on the Grasslands).

Nothing uncommon was found at Lower Latham Reservoir or Beebe Draw Ponds (Weld) and we returned to Denver.

After dropping Terry off, I wandered over to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) sort of "chasing" another Red-headed Woodpecker report.

Eventually I walked from the Tower Loop to the southeastern corner of the lake.  Winds were calm and picking out birds in the trees was not to difficult.

A Plumbeous Vireo was in cottonwoods at the center of the Tower Loop.  A Red-eyed Vireo was found in the picnic area between the Tower Loop and the Swim Beach.

Birding was rather slow from there to the southeastern sand spit (which was under water, no shorebirds).

On the return trip, I found an Olive-sided Flycatcher catching bugs/insects around the swim beach group picnic area.

Few birds were on the water and few gulls were in sight.

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