Thursday, April 20, 2017

Search of a Short-billed Dowitcher, Arapahoe & Elbert Counties

April 19, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached 70 degrees in spite of being colder than yesterday.  Winds were measured at 7-8 mph; gusts were 24 mph.

I started out this morning to attempt to relocate the possible Short-billed Dowitcher reported yesterday in Elbert County.

The Black Swan was still on the 10th hole lake at Blackstone Country Club (Arapahoe County). 

Two private properties, which will remain unnamed, were inspected for birds.  Two Vesper Sparrows were found at one, a Long-eared Owl and Brown Thrasher at the other.

My only Grasshopper Sparrow of the day was at last year's "Dickcissel location" along Arapahoe County Road 129 just north of Orchard Road.

One Burrowing Owl and one Sage Thrasher were encountered at nondescript locations.

The rest of the morning was uneventful.  No Dowitchers were at the location thought to be yesterday's Short-billed Dowitcher site.

Only White-crowned Sparrows were found on the return trip to Denver.  No Burrowing Owls were located at 2016 sites.  No Kingbirds or Northern Mockingbirds had returned to 2016 sites.  Any shorebirds including Long-billed Curlews were found.  Not one longspur crossed my path.

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