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In Search of Spring ... [Weld County]

  • Hi all
     
    Explored a lot of north central Weld over weekend hoping to find signs of spring. I did. Still only Horned Larks and raptors on shortgrass, no summer longspurs seen/heard. Other item of interest is new wooden double-post power-lines going in along Hwy 77 on east in and around CR 116 Playa-new raptor perches at least.
     
    Most waters open and fully occupied in most instances.
     
    • CR 124/122 ponds (open and full) geese and ducks
    • Cozzens Lake (open) tons of geese
    • Stewart's Lake (open) geese and ducks
    • Latham Reservoir (partial) geese and ducks
    • CR 48 marsh has flooded fields (no birds)
    • Crom Lake (open) geese and ducks)
    • CR 61/74 Ponds frozen
    • CR 40 marsh-area on north is new large burn scar (looks like a local burn by the shape)
    • CR 59 and Loloff Reservoir (partial)
    Spring birds seen ...
    • Greater Yellowlegs - 1 (CR 59 Marsh)
    • Killdeer - 1 (CR 59 Marsh)
    • American White Pelican - 20+ (Cozzens Lake)
    • Mountain Bluebird - 12+ (several CPER roads north of Nunn)
    • Double-crested Cormorant - 20+ [Hwy 392 Pond [Galeton]--full of birds!]
    • 13 expected duck species
    Other notable birds ...
    • Gray-crowned Rosy Finch - 18+ (CR 128)
    • Greater White-fronted Goose - 1 (Crom Lake)
    • Northern Shrike -1 (Briggsdale Work Center)
    Photos at first URL below (first 11 posts).
     
    Thanks, Gary Lefko, Nunn