Saturday, October 22, 2016

Birding Colorado's Eastern Walk-In-Areas

October 17-20, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Over four days, Terry Michaels and I birded Colorado WALK-IN-AREAs on the eastern plains.  Birding was quite slow.  Winds of 12-18 mph, gusts to 31 mph most likely had much to do with our low counts.

Our choice of which of the many Walk-In-Areas to visit was based on cover (wheat, grass, corn, other food plot) and those with a creek running through them.

Access is limited but available for those who follow rules.  To see rules obtain Walk-In-Area Book at Sporting Goods Stores.  Walmart provides books at no charge.  Fee areas that require hunting license AND habitat stamp and small animal tags.

Walk-In-Areas visited:
Morgan County: 8
Logan: 23
Sedgwick: 10

Highlights were few.  A singing Eastern Meadowlark was found on Wednesday, October 19 at the Walk-In-Area (Phillips CR 3/CR 28)

The only Sprague's Pipit of the week was found at Walk-In-Area (Sedgwick CR 26, btw CR 49 & CR 53)

Tired of the wind, we gave up and returned to Denver in early afternoon on Thursday, October 20.

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