Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reynolds Park to Rampart Range Road

June 16, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature was measured at 77 degrees.  Winds were 7-8 mph with gusts measured at 23 mph during the thunderstorm.

New York birder Doug Shannon and I arrived at Reynolds Park about 60 minutes before sunrise.  A Common Poorwill called from northwest of the larger parking area.

A Northern Pygmy-Owl responded briefly to our recordings as we walked along Foxton Road to the smaller parking area.  We returned by way of the Songbird trail; however did not relocate the bird.

We then hiked the loop Oxen Draw Trail to Eagle's View to Raven's Roost back to the Songbird trail.

Highlights were a female American Three-toed Woodpecker just north (downhill) of the Oxen Draw/Raven's Roost/Eagle's View intersection.

A Dusky Grouse called from the top of the Eagle's View trail.  With some effort, we found the bird about 15 yards into the forest (downhill of center).

A male Williamson's Sapsucker was found just south (uphill) of the old service road area.

We crossed the road and hiked part of the hummingbird trail without finding any additional target birds.

Our route continued Foxton Road to Platte River Road to Sugar Creek Road to highway 67 to Rampart Range Road.

Northern Pygmy-Owls were heard along Platte River Road and Sugar Creek Road.  We walked down Rampart Range Road south of highway 67 and found a Northern Saw-whet Owl (within half a mile). 

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