Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Trip Around Eastern Denver

March 19, 2017

Richard Stevens:

I was going to give up trying to photograph the Westerly Creek Park Harris's Sparrow.  However, Terry Michaels called to let me know that he relocated the Harris's Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow this morning.

Temperatures did not reach the predicted 80 degrees; 78 degrees was not bad for the middle of March!  Winds were 8-9 mph with gusts to 13 mph.

When I arrived at Westerly Creek Park I found the flock of sparrows precisely where Terry explained.  Nine White-crowned Sparrows and the Harris's Sparrow walked under the bushes just north of 25th Street and west of Beeler Street.

I managed a witness photo before the flock flew east across Beeler and landed under the bushes near the cement retention area.  The Harris's Sparrow was briefly relocated before it disappeared into the thicker bushes.  The White-throated Sparrow was not found.

My next stop was Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams).  Few birds were found.  The Lesser Black-backed Gull has not been reported since last Wednesday.  Nothing uncommon to report.

On the way to Barr Lake (Adams), I drove through the Town of Barr.  Two Great-tailed Grackles were on a telephone pole at East 136th Avenue and the railroad tracks. 

No Yellow-headed Blackbirds have shown up yet.  The cattail fields along the I76 service road (Telluride Street) are a traditional nesting location for them.

I skipped Barr Lake State Park (Adams) and drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).  No Burrowing Owls were found at Trussville Street & 114th Avenue or down Gun Club Road.

Two Burrowing Owls are now around West Cargo Road and Third Creek (west side of Cargo).  One was north and one south of Third Creek.  No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

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