Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Birding

November 24, 2016

Richard Stevens:

I made the 49 mile drive south to Chatfield State Park and arrived around 1:00 pm.  The Snow Bunting had departed an hour or so earlier.  In the next two hours, I scoped every building around the south shore and Campgrounds hoping in vain to find the Bunting; without success.

A Harris's Sparrow and Northern Mockingbird were consolation sightings at the Catfish Flats picnic area (across from the horse stables where both had previously been reported in the week).

Next, I drove to the parking area along S. Platte Canyon Road, 0.1 miles south of W. Bowles Avenue (Arapahoe).  Then I walked south a couple of hundred yards along the Columbine trail to the Lake View trail.

The Chestnut-sided Warbler was fluttering about the tall willows on the north side of the Lake View trail.  Unfortunately, it allowed for only unsatisfactory looks, no photos.

Afterwards, there was little daylight remaining.  I did scope South Platte Park Reservoir (Arapahoe), finding nothing uncommon to report.

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