Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Unsuccessful Search for Owls in Douglas County

October 8, 2017

Richard Stevens:

After our very long night, Paul and I drove to Rampart Range Road and hwy 67 several hours before sunrise.  Our target birds were Northern Pygmy-Owls or Northern Saw-whet Owls.

No owls were found today.  We did find a male American Three-toed Woodpecker at the northeast corner of the intersection.

On the return trip, we searched for the Lewis's Woodpecker reported at the Walker Gravel Pit (Douglas).  It was not found.  Few birds were encountered in the hike from the gravel pit to the south end of the Cherry Creek trail. 

On the southern route, we found a lingering House Wren near the yellow "windy trail" sign.  At the footbridge over Cherry Creek, a Gray Catbird was seen under the short tree at the southeast corner.  Farther south a Hermit Thrush was under the brush where the trail splits a grove of trees in two.

No additional birds were seen all the way to the end of the trail.  On the hike, back we tried to relocate the Hermit Thrush.  A flock of six Black-capped Chickadees kept flying across the trail.  On one pass, a Nashville Warbler followed them.

We walked to the western end of Walker Road and then north to the first ranch.  The many birds around the ranch house turned out to be European Starlings.  Back at the end of Walker Road, four Western Bluebirds landed on the telephone wires.

No Lewis's Woodpecker was found.  We passed by Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) on the way home.  A quick scope of the scuba beach and swim beach did not find the previously reported Black-bellied Plover.

No Burrowing Owls or Short-eared Owls for that matter were found along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).

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