Thursday, March 30, 2017

Birding Colorado Springs to Home

March 29, 2017

Richard Stevens:

We had to go to Colorado Springs on business this morning.  Of course, birding was scheduled for the return trip.  Temperatures only reached 50 degrees.  Winds were 7-8 mph with gusts to 14 mph under partly sunny skies.

We returned by way of Highway 83 and stopped at Hwy 86 and Cherry Creek (Douglas).  A walk to the cattle gates north of hwy 86 and the Great Horned Owl Cottonwood grove did not find the Eastern Phoebe or any Eastern Bluebirds.

Highlight was our first of the year House Wren in the willows 25 yards south of the cattle gate. 

We found no ducks that could be called Greater Scaup at Walker Gravel Pit or McClain Gravel Pit.

No uncommon gulls or waterfowl were found at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).

A drive along the Jewell-Yale Loop found few birds.  Our first Loggerhead Shrike of the season was along Yale Avenue.

Burrowing Owls continue at W. Cargo Road and Third Creek (Adams).  No Short-eared Owls were found this evening.

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