Sunday, December 2, 2018

Successful Return to South Park (Arapahoe County)

December 1, 2018

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures only reached 42 degrees today.  Winds of 13-14 mph quickly melted last night's snow (1-2 inches).  

I returned to the South Park (Arapahoe County) area this afternoon.  A stop at South Platte Park again found the Harris's Sparrow in the bushes at the southwest corner of the nature center!

I walked the South Park II area at 2:00 pm.  Starting at today's sighting's location South Curtice Street & Curtice Circle I expanded to neighboring streets.  The area has a bundle of pine trees to examine.

At 3:45 pm, I returned to the "bowl" at South Park (West Long Drive & West Long Place).  Shortly after, a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers flew in from the southeast.  The Pine Warbler and Palm Warbler were with this flock.

Ten minutes later, two birders showed up and we reexamined the flock that was now in the pines next to the swimming pool.  There had to be at least sixteen Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Unfortunately, the Pine Warbler was not relocated by the time the flock flew back to the southeast.

The three of us agreed that it was highly likely that there were two Palm Warblers with the flock.

Later I scoped McLellan Reservoir.  The two Tundra Swans found late yesterday afternoon were not there today.

I put photos of one of the Palm Warblers, the Harris's Sparrow and the Trumpeter Swan photographed yesterday at the Plum Creek Wetlands at Titan Road on the Colorado Birding Society's website "photo library"  "recent favorite photos" link 

Regrettably, my Pine Warbler photo is of poor witness photo quality.

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