Wednesday, June 5, 2019

North of Sterling

June 2, 2019

Richard Stevens:

Sterling warmed up to 82 degrees.  Winds were 10-11 mph with afternoon gusts to 22 mph.

Most of our day was expended driving roads north of Sterling and North Sterling Reservoir.  We encompassed north to Nebraska, west to Weld County and east to Crook.

Several locations produced Sharp-tailed Grouse sightings last month.  We came across none today.  Our entire list of target birds was missed (Mountain Plover, Short-eared Owls, and Sprague's Pipits).

While few birds were encountered today, we enjoyed exploring roads that seldom are visited by birders.

Highlights came from stops at two friend's ranches.  One has a nesting pair of Long-eared Owls.  The other had an Upland Sandpiper (Logan County).

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