Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Barr Lake Bike Ride

August 14, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I circled Barr Lake (Adams County) on our bikes.  Temperatures were much hotter than yesterday (returned to the 90s).  Winds were calm.

Nothing qualified as a highlight during the 8.9 mile bike ride.  We saw a couple of Great-tailed Grackles in the town of Barr as we passed by the southern side.  A few Bullock's Orioles, Western Kingbirds, a pair of Eastern Kingbirds and one Warbling Vireo were found.

Later, we parked our bikes and walked the sand spits from the Nature Center to the boat ramp.  A hundred or so shorebirds included many Baird's Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer, 6+ Western Sandpipers, and 2+ Semipalmated Sandpipers.

The highlight of the walk was a Long-billed Curlew at the extreme southwest end of the sand spit off the Nature Center footbridge.

As a note, we saved some walking by parking at the boat ramp, riding our bikes completely around and back to the Nature Center.  Our walk along the shoreline was to get back to our car, then drive to the Nature Center to pick up our bikes.

Later we drove over to Smith Road and Piccadilly Road.  One of the Burrowing Owls (at least three in the neighborhood) was observed west of Gun Club Road (between Colfax and 6th Parkway).

As another note, 6th Parkway is not the same road as 6th avenue.

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