Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Search for Eastern Phoebes in Douglas County

March 31, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature was 49 degrees.  Winds of 14-15 mph made it felt quite cold.

I drove to Douglas County to see if any Eastern Phoebes have arrived along the Cherry Creek trail south of the Walker Gravel Pit.  One Eastern Phoebe was found hawking bugs 3 feet from the Creek at about 20 yards south of the Highway 86 bridge.

I walked north to the gravel pit and back and found few additional birds.

A stop at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) on my way home was quite interesting.  An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and the possible Glaucous-winged Gull stood at the end of Pelican Point.

A lone sparrow walked out of the willows just south of the Cherry Creek inlet.  It turned out to be a Swamp Sparrow.

A walk around Augie's Pond and the streams entering the pond did not find any Rusty Blackbirds.

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