Friday, December 29, 2017

Searching for Owls in Weld County

December 29, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and drove the roads northeast of Hudson today; our target bird was Snowy Owl(s).  Regrettably, none was found. Temperatures reached 64 degrees today.  Winds were 12 mph with gusts to 29 mph (several topped 40 mph).

On Terry's way to our home he stopped at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).  He relocated the two Long-tailed Ducks, two White-winged Scoters and one Lesser Black-backed Gull. 

A stop at a friend's ranch near Peaceful Valley found the two resident Long-eared Owls.  He has seen a Barn Owl around his property; we did not relocate it today.

Our birding day ended at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld).  We added a third Long-eared Owl sighting to our day.  Two Great Horned Owls called in the distance.  No Short-eared Owls appeared.

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