Thursday, July 29, 2010

Owl Hunt in Shadow Canyon, Boulder County

July 22, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I left Denver at 2:00am and hiked up Shadow Canyon in Boulder County. Fortunately no Mountain Lions or Bears were encountered on our 8 mile hike.

We did heard Northern Pygmy-Owls at two locations after entering the forested area of the hike. A Flammulated Owl was called in with our recordings played at about 3.2 miles from the trailhead.

No Eastern Screech-Owls could be found. After sunrise, we ran into 2 Bushtits on the way back down to our vehicle.

In the afternoon, Rebecca Kosten and I drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). We did not find the previously reported Lesser Black-backed Gull but did see 2 of the Black-chinned Hummingbirds that have spent June and July east of the ranger's office.

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