Saturday, 5 August, a few shorebirds were present at
Miramonte Reservoir in San Miguel County. I have
attached four pictures for you to ID. One species is
a record early migrant for western Colorado.
I have not seen the Lesser Nighthawks again. I have
been out at the sewer ponds on several occasions.
On the evening of 7 August, I did see an owl hunting
over the marsh to the southwest of the sewer lagoons.
The medium size owl has a strange flight behavior. It
wings would flap, then freeze for a second or two then
flap again as it passed low over the marsh. When the
wings were frozen they were at 45 degrees upward,
horizontal or 45 degrees downward. Once, while
setting on a post, I got a short look and could see
small, pointy ear-tuffs. I don't think it is a
Long-eared Owl. Face and ear-tuffs were not correct
for this species unless it is a juvenile. I have
never seen Great Horned Owls without large ear tuffs
except for young birds. I tried again for the owl
last night but had no luck.
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