Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brief Trip to Northeastern Colorado

November 28-29, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I headed to northeastern Colorado in search of the Snow Buntings as some were reported a few days ago.  Unfortunately, none was found during our trip.

November 28
A brief stop was made at Jackson Reservoir (Morgan County).  One Long-eared Owl was in the western Campgrounds.  Two Yellow-rumped Warblers were at Pelican Campgrounds.  No Snow Buntings seen along the southern dam wall.

No Snow Buntings or uncommon birds were at Sterling Reservoir (Logan) also.

Jumbo Reservoir (Logan/Sedgwick) produced no Snow Bunting sightings too.  We search for the previously reported Brant, without success. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was at the south end of the lake and a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the eastern Campgrounds.

November 29
We arrived at Sand Draw Wildlife Area (Sedgwick) shortly after midnight.  Using our night vision glasses we found an Eastern Screech-Owl.  The previously reported Northern Saw-whet Owls were not found.

NOTE: We use the Armasight N-15 Compact Dual Tube Gen 3 Night Vision Goggles!

After sunrise, we walked to the eastern edge of the Wildlife Area.  No Snow Buntings, we did come across a Field Sparrow.

No Snow Buntings could be found when we drove the back roads in Phillips County.  Eventually we gave up and headed back to Denver.

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