Thursday, December 20, 2018

Denver West Office Complex

December 18, 2018

Richard Stevens:

It was a great warm winter day with a high of 56 degrees.  Winds were 5-6 mph with gusts to 12 mph.

I walked around the Denver West Office Complex just below the Front Range Mountains.  One female Downy Woodpecker was the only non-goose bird found during the first hour.

Starting at buildings 5 & 6, I circled the middle buildings and then the southern buildings.  In past years, many of the uncommon birds seemed to favor the ponds and Austrian Pines around buildings 5 &6.

After about two hours, I reached the northern buildings 15, 16, & 17.  Finally, a flock of birds flew around the southeast corner of building 15.  This flock included two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Pine Siskin.  No warblers were found anywhere.

On my second trip around the three buildings, another flock of birds included two additional Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

After hour 3, I passed between buildings 6 & 7 (directly south of building 15) on the walk back to my car.  Another flock of birds found around the parking area between 6 & 7 included two additional Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two Mountain Chickadees, and a Palm Warbler.

My birding day ended with an owling trip to Wheat Ridge Greenbelt (Prospect Park, Jefferson County) and the nearby neighborhood.  One Eastern Screech-Owl was encountered.

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