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Franktown Area and the Kingery Feeders

September 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am 1:00 pm


Franktown has Castlewood Canyon State Park, Hidden Mesa, Gateway Mesa, the Cherry Creek Trail and several gravel pit lakes.  We’ll visit the areas which seem to have the most birds in September.  Some birds are here year round and some have arrived to spend the winter or are passing through.  Among the birds we are likely to see are the Woodhouse’s scrub jay, spotted towhee, and maybe a Townsend’s solitaire which has arrived for the winter, singing among the junipers.  We’ll end the day by eating lunch while we watch the Kingery feeders at their house.  Dress warmly and wear hiking boots.  Bring lunch.

Meeting Place: Meet on Castlewood Canyon Road (Douglas County Road 5) just south of Colorado 80.  Park on the shoulder at the corner.  Do not go into the state park.  Intersection is (a) 1/2 mile west of Franktown or (b) 8-9 miles from I-25, exit l84.  For (a), take Parker Road (CO 83) to Franktown (about l0 miles south of Parker), go right at the traffic light.  In a quarter mile, turn left at Casttlewood Canyon Road (just after you cross Cherry Creek, turn lane.  Stop there.  For (b), turn left at exit l84 on Founder Parkway (CO 86), continue about 4 miles to traffic light, left still on CO 86, 4.5 miles to Castlewood Canyon Road, turn lane, right to Castlewood Canyon Road.  Stop there.

Leaders: Hugh and Urling KIingery

Registration required.  No fee but donations to Denver Audubon appreciated!