Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rampart Range Road & Castlewood Canyon State Park

February 12, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I departed Denver quite early this morning (2:00 am).  We spent the hours before sunrise owling in the Highway 67 & Rampart Range Road area (Douglas).

Two Northern Pygmy-Owls were heard; however, they disappeared before civil twilight.  No Northern Saw-whet Owl could be located this morning.

One of the resident American Three-toed Woodpeckers wandered and drummed northeast of the intersection.

Later we stopped at the Sedalia cemetery (Douglas).  No uncommon birds were found.  Six to seven Cedar Waxwings did ramble though the area.

The Trumpeter Swan is still at the Chatfield State Park gravel pond (Douglas).

The Dunlin is still at the southeast corner of McLellan Reservoir.  He and the Killdeer did wander into Arapahoe County and we got the two county tick.  We did not find the Harris's Sparrow.

Next, we drove through Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas) and by the Winkler Ranch.  One Mountain Bluebird was our only bluebird sighting.  Four Wild Turkeys walked along the south side hill (where Castlewood Canyon Road runs west to east.

No Northern Saw-whet Owls could be found in the park this evening.  We checked previous park locations and nearby private lands (without disturbing or trespassing).  

No Turkey Vultures have shown up; there have been several reports in Colorado already this year.

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