Sunday, September 10, 2017

Birding Southwestern Corner of Denver

September 8, 2017

A return to Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas) was not as successful as hoped.  One Sabine's Gull flew around below the northeast corner of the dam.  It stayed too far away for photos.

A Lesser Black-backed Gull stood among several hundred Ring-billed Gulls and a couple of California Gulls on the marina sand spit.

Black Phoebe and Eastern Phoebe, which hung around the swim beach area since 9/2, were not relocated.

I drove over to Deer Creek Canyon (Jefferson) searching for the Eastern Phoebes that had summered there.   They were not found today.

A hike up Spring Valley Ranch (Jefferson) found an "out of place" Ovenbird, several Scrub Jays and a pair of Black-capped Chickadees.

I stopped at Hildebrand Ranch Park (Jefferson).  It is located east of Deer Canyon Park and west of Chatfield Reservoir.  Mostly I was taking photos for "Colorado Field Notes". 

An Indigo Bunting sang from the western end of the parking area.  An Eastern Phoebe was 20 yards or so east of the old barn at the eastern end of same parking area.

An hour before sunset I returned to Deer Creek Park.  No owls were found this evening and none was picked up by the two "owl listening stations" that were planted.

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