Friday, March 18, 2011

Owling In Douglas County

March 17 to 18, 2011

Richard Stevens:

While Bryan caught some sleep, I decided to drive the DIA Owl Loop (Adams County) at noon. Conditions were much different from Tuesday (3/15). Today Winds were 18-19 mph with gusts to 32 mph.

While I found 17 Rough-legged Hawks south of Barr Lake on Tuesday, none was found today. A Ferruginous Hawk continued at the prairie dog town at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue. Another Ferruginous Hawk flew over the power plant at 128th avenue and Powhaton Road.

No Burrowing Owls found!

In spite of light snow and rain, Bryan and I decided to go owling along Castlewood Canyon Road. Winds were calm; the quiet, light snowfall was quite enjoyable. Visibility was not the greatest; however, the forest was full of sounds. We did entice one Northern Saw-whet Owl to respond to our recordings.

After sunrise, we found a few Mountain Bluebirds and a pair of Western Bluebirds south of Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas).

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