Sunday, October 16, 2016

Arapahoe to Adams County

October 15, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I finally made it to the Arapahoe Open Space.  Unfortunately, it took all summer to find someone to give us permission and access to this promising property.  Normally it is closed to the public.

The late season visit was not the best to get a feel for the Open Space.  The highlight was a Nashville Warbler however.  Other birds included a pair of Brown Thrashers (which probably do not spent the winter here), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Golden-crowned Kinglet!

Later we stopped by Barr Lake (Adams) and scoped the lake from the boat ramp, Niedrach Boardwalk and northwest of the dam.  The previously reported Common Loon was not found.

Few uncommon birds were off the boat ramp.  From the Niedrach Trail, we found sixteen Long-billed Dowitchers, one Least Sandpiper, three Baird's Sandpipers and two American Avocets.

A walk northwestern of the dam was the most interesting of the stops.  We observed four Pectoral Sandpipers and a Black-bellied Plover among a couple of American Avocets, Baird's Sandpipers and another Least Sandpiper.

I put photos of several of the Pectoral Sandpipers and a Franklin's Gull on the Colorado Birding Society's photo library (link below).

One Burrowing Owl remains at West Cargo Road and Third Creek (formally the site 3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th Avenue, Adams County).  Coming from the south, Tower Road is closed and requires a longer trip along the detour.

No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

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