Sunday, February 17, 2019

Uneventful Birding Day

February 17, 2019

Richard Stevens:

It was not a successful day of birding.  Rebecca and I managed to get outside in spite of a high temperature of 32 degrees.  Winds were 10-11 mph with gusts to 14 mph.

After visiting friends in Denver, we stopped at Bluff Lake Nature Area (Denver County).  In forty-five minutes, not one sparrow was encountered.  A few Black-billed Magpies flew below the upper loop behind the maintenance building.

We walked Westerly Creek Park (Denver) for thirty minutes.  Again, no sparrows were found.

A drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams) also ran into few birds.  Lower Derby Lake and Lake Ladora were mostly ice covered.  Ring-billed Gulls were the only gulls observed.

It is too early for Red-headed Woodpeckers or flycatchers to show up and none was found.

Just to see at least one uncommon bird today, we stopped at the 56th Avenue Bridge over First Creek.  Two Rusty Blackbirds walked along the creek, just north of the bridge.

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