Sunday, June 26, 2011

Aurora Reservoir & Rocky Mountain Arsenal Bike Rides

June 26, 2011

Richard Stevens:

I promised my feet not to put hiking boots on and have kept promise for past two days! I biked in sandals today (feet are happy)!

That will not last. BBS counts hindered by our favorite passes closed by snow.

Especially Marshall Pass, Boreas Pass, Cinnamon Pass, Georgia Pass, Cumberland Pass, Yankee Boy, etc. Lots of snow still up high.

This morning Bill Cryder and his wife, Rebecca and I biked around Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County). Bill watched a black backed Gull fly around Aurora Reservoir late yesterday afternoon. We did not relocate it this morning.

Highlights were few. We saw a Say's Phoebe in the southeast corner and an Eastern Kingbird around mile marker 3.5.

Late this afternoon after it cooled down to 85 degrees at 7:30 pm, Rebecca and I rode our bikes along Buckley Road from 88th avenue to 56th and back. We did not relocate the Cassin's Sparrows found a few days ago.

At least one Northern Mockingbird, several Lark Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, Lark Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, 1 Grasshopper Sparrow and 3 Burrowing Owls (both Denver & Adams County) were found.

I said at least one Northern Mockingbird because we are also watching a nest pair at a different location. Because the female (I assume) is sitting on a nest, the location will remain unnamed.

After a rather hot day, the cool evening was a pleasure!

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