Thursday, March 2, 2017

Afternoon At Cherry Creek Reservoir

March 1, 2017

Richard Stevens:

First day of March, temperatures only reached 45 degrees.  Winds at 8-9 mph with gusts of 21 mph made of a cold afternoon.

After finishing chores, I found myself near Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Few birds moved about the State Park.  No uncommon gulls and no Western Kingbird were found.

Thirty minutes before sunset, I walked the shore at Pelican Point.  A flock of fourteen American Tree Sparrows fluttered about the willows.   A Song Sparrow entertained for about 15 minutes as it scurried out of the willows and grabbed bugs pushed to shore by the high waves.

My plan was to park near shooting range at sunset and watch for Short-eared Owls flying over the cattail fields to the east.  Unfortunately, no Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

A nice consolation was sighting the Long-eared Owl that has been roosting in the thick trees along the shooting range entrance road!  In addition, a pair of Ring-necked Pheasants walked across the road.

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