Friday, January 27, 2017

Douglas to Arapahoe to Denver County

January 27, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Another cold day, temperatures only reached 39 degrees.  Winds were 7-8 mph; gusts to 16 mph.

I left home for Deer Creek Canyon about three hours before sunrise this morning (mostly to avoid traffic).  Target birds were Northern Pygmy-Owls.  None was found; however, I did locate a Northern Saw-whet Owl near a previously reported location.

Later, the Dunlin was with a Killdeer at the southeast corner of McLellan Reservoir.  I put a poor photo on "recent witness photos" link on Colorado Birding Society's website.

The Trumpeter Swan was not seen on the Chatfield Reservoir gravel pit (accessed from Highline Canal trail & Titan Road/Rampart Road.  I only scoped the pond for about 20 minutes; some of the open water was behind hills.  The swan may still be there; I saw it a couple of weeks ago and did not want to spend more of my limited day looking.

My birding day ended at Washington Park (Denver).  I could not relocate the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in 1.5 hours before sunset.

I also loaded various raptor photos and the Aurora Reservoir White-winged Scoter (1/23) & Ruddy Duck to the CoBus photo library.

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