Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Brief Drive Around the DIA Owl Loop

February, 1, 2011

Richard Stevens:

I had to get out of the house for a little bit and decided to make a brief but slow drive around the DIA Owl Loop (Adams County). Temperature at 4:00 pm was 0 degrees with -15 degrees wind-chill.

Roads were very icy on the plains north of Denver International Airport. No owls were seen. A few raptors, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Ferruginous Hawk, 2 American Kestrels and a pair of Northern Harriers were counted.

Several dozen Great-tailed Grackles were at the Picadilly Tree Nursery feedlot. Then I headed home, not wanting to slide of the roads after dark (I did once around 4:30).

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