Sunday, June 5, 2011

Another Trip Through Cherry Creek State Park

June 4, 2011

Rebecca Kosten (I do not have an account with this blog, using Richard's):

We had to go out and passed Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe County. When we saw a dark mantled Gull at the southwest marina, we stopped because no word yet on Chatfield State Park It was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Two Forster's Terns were also on the poles marking the marina. Boats chased it away.

Later we saw it on the southeast sand spit. A dog walker chased it back to the west. We did not look at the swim beach; looked like many people are using it now that summer is here.

Burrowing Owls were again seen along the DIA Owl Loop. Two owls are very far back on the west side of Tower Road at 0.3 miles north of 56th Avenue. Another two Burrowing Owls were out of their burrows at the site 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue!

A Ferruginous Hawk and several Red-tailed Hawks fly by the 96th avenue site often. We wonder how many Burrowing Owls hide when that happens. We have no count of the number here, yet this year.

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