Monday, August 15, 2016

Day Trip to Morgan, Logan/Washington and Weld Counties

August 14, 2016

Rebecca Kosten, Gail & Robert Hoffman and I headed to Jackson Reservoir (Morgan) in search of their Long-eared Owl lifebird.

Two Townsend's Warblers fluttered about the western Campgrounds.  Only one Long-eared Owl was located; much better than zero.

A Common Tern and six Forster's Terns were observed flying along the western shore.  No uncommon gulls were seen.

A Western Gull was also a lifebird for them and we continued east 40 miles to Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Washington).  Fortunately, the 2nd year Western Gull was still around.

A brief scope east of the outlet canal, below the dam found a Great Crested Flycatcher flying between trees.  No uncommon warblers or vireos could be found.  Yellow Warblers were all we found.

Two for two, we decided to return to Denver by way of Pawnee National Grasslands (Weld) and attempt a Mountain Plover sighting.  Our streaked ended, no Mountain Plovers could be found along CR 100 (where they had summered).  By now, winds were 15 mph with gusts to 22 mph, not good conditions for finding any birds.

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