Date: 3/28/18 5:00 pm From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: [cobirds] Mountain Plovers in Weld
I found 4 Mountain Plovers this afternoon in a strip of winter wheat where I have found them in previous years: about 1/10 mile s of SR14 on the east side of Weld CR79. CR79 is the first n-s road e of the turnoff to Crow Valley CG (CR77/SR392). In the way of another reference, the green winter wheat strips are about a half mile east of the Briggsdale High School football/baseball field, the school being on the east side of the little town of Briggsdale.
FYI, I made a quick walk-thru of Crow Valley Campground in a light rain and only saw a few Eurasian Collared-Doves, 1 Blue Jay, 2 American Kestrels, 2 Canada Geese (flyovers, must be a little water in the creek up north) and heard several Western Meadowlarks. Very dry (until today) and very quiet. I did not go out north of the campground along Mourning Dove Trail because the rain/snow was picking up. The gate is still closed up by CR77 and you have to walk in. The creek thru the cg is dry with a few puddles north of the Group Area in the nw corner. The host van and an attendant vehicle plus the trailer of the contractors working on the trees are still parked down in the campground.
In Briggsdale I had the usual European "Fab Four" plus a whopping two North American natives: Rock Pigeons, Eurasian Collared-Doves, European Starlings, House Sparrows plus House Finches and a small flock of about 10 Common Grackles.