Sunday, February 10, 2019

Birding Around Wray, Colorado

February 7, 2019

Richard Stevens:

What a cold day.  High temperature was 14 degrees.  Winds were 6-7 mph with gusts to 11 mph.

I drove Yuma CR 45 about an hour before sunrise.  No Short-eared Owls flew around this morning.  Many Horned Larks and two Lapland Longspurs ran up and down the road.

A Greater Prairie-Chicken called from the north side of the road.  No Greater Prairie-Chickens visited the CR 45 Lek.  No additional Greater Prairie-Chickens were found when I drove the road to the Kitzmiller Ranch (private Greater Prairie-Chicken tours later in the year).

I visited friends in Wray most of the day.  Spread over four yards highlights included four male and two female Northern Cardinals, one Eastern Screech-Owl, one young male Purple Finch and one red Fox Sparrow.

A return to CR 45 at sunset did not find any Greater Prairie-Chickens.

Misses: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Winter Wrens, uncommon birds at Stalker Ponds and the Wray Fishing Unit.

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