Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Another Visit to First Creek Trail

December 4, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached the middle 40s today, must have been early in the day.  Winds were 15-16 mph with gusts to 31 mph.

I finished home maintenance chores finally; time to get back to birding with Christmas Counts coming.  There was time in the afternoon to swing by First Creek trail east of Rocky Mountain Arsenal.  By the time I arrived winds were down to 2-3 mph; however, temperature was 38 degrees at 4:00 pm.

The Harris's Sparrow was still around in Adams County (west of Buckley Road).  It was with a flock of 50+ American Tree Sparrows, 2 Song Sparrows and a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos.

While the Tree Sparrows were hop around the gravel trail, the Harris's Sparrow stayed in the high grasses.  When someone walked by, the sparrows would fly to the short trees on the south side of First Creek.

My photos are probably no better than the ones taken November 30.  The auto focus let me down.  Only two of eighty photos were in focus.  Those two were posted on the Colorado Birding Society's Photo Library.

Raptors encountered included in Adams County five Red-tailed Hawks and one Great Horned Owl.  Six additional Red-tailed Hawks and another Great Horned Owl were in Denver County (east of Buckley Road).

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