Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weld and Adams Counties

August 7, 2010

Gary Weston:

"Richard Stevens and I returned very early this morning to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area in Weld County. Richard heard a strange call yesterday as we did on Thursday. We didn't hear it this morning and still are contemplating on it.

We did hear a Yellow-billed Cuckoo but couldn't tell if it was migrating as it stayed a long time west of pond 12. The bird quit calling before sunrise and was not located when we walked into the Wildlife Area. The Wildlife Area is day use only, so we had to wait outside of the parking lot for sunrise.

We also may have heard a Long-eared Owl way off in the distance, north of the western parking lot. It was very brief. The area is very noisy at night and picking out one sound is difficult.

Later we went to Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Adams County. No rare birds there. A Sora was heard at the Rod and Gun Club pond. A dark morph Red-tailed Hawk was west of the final approach to the bird blind."

Richard Stevens:

BTW, Rocky Mountain Arsenal hours until October 1st:
Tuesday through Sunday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Rebecca Kosten and I drove the DIA Owl Loop after an early dinner. Eurasian Collared-Doves are everywhere now so finding them is not difficult. We saw them at the Dairy Queen in Brighton, the Brighton Cemetery, at Picadilly Road and 152nd Avenue and at Tower Road and 56th Avenue.

Burrowing Owls were found:
Two at 0.3 miles north of Tower Road and 56th avenue (west of Tower)
Eleven at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue

No Short-eared Owls showed up this evening.

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