Date: 2/26/17 5:10 pm From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> Subject: [cobirds] Greenwood Village Birding (Arapahoe Co.)
On Thursday, while driving home from DIA, I spotted an all white goose with some Canada / Cackling at West Middle School (Belleview & Holly) in Greenwood Village (Arapahoe). I couldn't tell, while driving on far side of Belleview, whether it was a Snow or Ross's. But either would be my first in my home circle and also bird #150 in that circle, so it was hard not knowing. I finally had a chance to go out and look for the goose today. I wasn't especially optimistic that it would still be hanging around the grass inside the middle school's track, but as I approached the school, I saw a white goose among the white-cheeked. I was able to watch the bird for a while and take some decent shots, which I believe show the goose to be a Ross's. Small bill with a grayish base & no real grin patch, relatively small stature, & rounded head. Photo below.
While at the school, I heard a day-calling Great Horned Owl. And a trio of Mountain Bluebirds flew over, only my second sighting of them in the area.
From the school, I headed to Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve, hoping to get a better look at Mountain Bluebirds. I didn't see any, but I did see the White-throated Sparrow for the first time since early February. A Lesser Scaup, my first at the preserve & in my home circle, was a pleasant surprise. I looked for but did not find the Northern Shrike that's been at the preserve all winter, but I did get to watch the Harlan's Red-tail that's been around since November circle over the preserve a few times.