Sunday, February 10, 2019

Trip to Northern Colorado

February 10, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperatures today were only 30 degrees north of Denver.  Winds were surprisingly calm at 1-2 mph.  Gusts on the prairie measured only 8 mph.

Terry Michaels and I headed north today.  

Another birder was looking at the Varied Thrush when we arrived in Boulder.  Sorry we did not get the opportunity to ask your name.

Just for fun, we walked around Walden Ponds to see if the Vermilion Flycatcher was still there.  It was not found.

Fossil Creek Reservoir (Larimer) and Warren Lake (Larimer) did not have any uncommon birds.

Several birders were looking at the Pine Warbler in Fort Collins (Larimer) when we walked along the Oakridge Village trail (Larimer).

Then we drove around Pawnee National Grasslands area (Weld) searching for the Snow Bunting and Sharp-tailed Grouse reported yesterday.  We were not finding the birds when a text message said to try Weld County Road 111.

Two Snow Buntings were relocated along CR 111 a bit north of CR 128.  We continued north and spotted two Sharp-tailed Grouse north of CR 132.

We sat at Wellington Wildlife Area (Larimer) 30 minutes before sunset.  No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

A good bird list for this cold winter day.

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