Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Drive to Douglas & Elbert Counties

March 27, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I searched once again for the birds along the Cherry Creek Trail, south of Walker Gravel Pit.  Three Burrowing Owls were found at Third Creek & W. Cargo Road (Adams) on our drive south.

Temperatures only reached 64 degrees today.  Winds were variable 5-6 mph with gusts to 14 mph at times.

The Eastern Phoebe was along the trail when we walked from the Walker Gravel Pit (Douglas) to the Hwy 83 Bridge.  Perhaps the cottonwoods provided some shelter from the winds? 

The two Eastern Bluebirds were in the cottonwood grove where the Great Horned Owl is on a nest.

No Greater Scaup were on the Walker Gravel Pit or McLain Gravel Pit.  Only Mountain & Western Bluebirds were seen today along Castlewood Canyon Road, south of the State Park.

We drove to Elbert County and watched a location at a private ranch where Short-eared Owls have been recorded in the past.  None appeared this afternoon.  It did rain several times during our trek today.

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