Saturday, October 15, 2016

Short Trip to Northeastern Colorado

October 12-13, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I made a short trip to northeastern Colorado in search of Sprague's Pipits, Eastern Meadowlarks and other uncommon birds.

October 12

On the trip northeast, we stopped at Jackson Reservoir (Morgan County).  Two Sabine's Gulls flew along the dam.  A Long-eared Owl was in the western Campgrounds.

A quick stop at Prewitt Reservoir (Logan/Washington) found two White-throated Sparrows among a dozen or so White-crowned Sparrows flying about the entrance road.  Nothing uncommon was around the lake itself.

It was a cold day around Julesburg.  High temperature was 52 degrees; winds were 14 mph, with gusts to 21 mph.  It was not ideal for finding any birds.

A search of historical Sprague's Pipit locations found one along Sedgwick County Road 59 between CR 30 & what would be CR 28.

Historical locations for Eastern Meadowlarks and uncommon sparrows (Baird's, Le Conte's and Sharp tailed) did not turn up any.

A Field Sparrow and Eastern Screech-Owl were found on Roger Danka's property.

October 13

It was warmer today with a high around 71 degrees; anemometer readings were 16 mph with gusts to 22 mph.

Terry and I continued our search for uncommon birds.  None was found today.  Yesterday's Sprague's Pipit could not be relocated.

We spent most of the afternoon at Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area (Logan).  The highlight was a Blue-headed Vireo near 7 East section.  Other birds encountered included two Northern Cardinals, two Eastern Screech-Owls, three Red-bellied Woodpeckers, one House Wren, and one Western Wood-pewee.

At nearby Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick) a Bonaparte's Gull flew into both counties.  Another Red-bellied Woodpecker was in the eastern Campgrounds.

On the way back to Denver, we stopped at Last Chance Rest Stop (Washington).  Nothing uncommon was there today.

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