Friday, April 28, 2017

Cherry Creek Reservoir & the DIA Owl Loop

April 27, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures were only reached 52 degrees in the afternoon.  Winds were 8-9 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

In the afternoon, we stopped at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  To our surprise, the Northern Parula was fluttering about the wild plum near the upper parking area for the northeastern boat ramp.

Several White-crowned Sparrows and Black-capped Chickadees were also gleaning bugs off the bushes.

Several of us started for Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson) to search for American Three-toed Woodpeckers.  Pouring rain changed our plans.  I returned to Cherry Creek Reservoir and captured a few photographs of the Northern Parula.  The rain started to arrive.

see Colorado Birding Society's website photo library:

Four Willets and fourteen American Avocets wandered down the swim beach.  Two Bonaparte's Gulls flew below the dam.

Burrowing Owls were found along the DIA Owl Loop on the trip home.  They continue at Trussville Road & 114th avenue & W. Cargo Road & Third Creek.

No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

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