Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adams County Bike Ride and Another Meteor Shower

August 13, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Not getting to bed until 8:00 am made for a late start to the day.  The high temperature today probably did not reach 80 degrees; winds were steady at 6-8 mph.

In the afternoon, Rebecca and I rode our bikes along the outside of the eastern side of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams/Denver).  Buckley Road runs 4 miles between 56th avenue and 88th avenue.  South of 72nd Avenue, the western side of Buckley Road is in Adams County; the eastern side is in Denver County.  North of 72nd, both sides of the road are in Adams County.

Eventually we found 2 Burrowing Owls in Denver County and another 3 Burrowing Owls in Adams County.  High winds kept most birds from flying around (or blew them past us quite rapidly).

At 4:00 am, we returned to the DIA Owl Loop.  Tonight skies were clear and we watched a dozen or so meteors.  Possibly we heard an Upland Sandpiper flight call.  It was recorded and I will try to obtain a spectrograph later in the week.

Two Burrowing Owls and a Ferruginous Hawk were observed near the prairie dog town (3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th avenue) on the return home.

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