Saturday, August 3, 2013

Friends Birding Back In Denver, Rocky Mountain Arsenal

July 20, 2013

Richard Stevens:

An email sent to "cobirders" listserve by some close friends:

"Sue Ehlmann: Hello cobirders,

7/20, Bryan and I rode our bikes around the outside of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams). There is now a nice 20-mile bike trail around the outside of the Arsenal. I will have to say that it started to warm around noon.

Along the eastern side, Buckley Road, we found five total Burrowing Owls in both Adams and Denver Counties. The Northern Mockingbirds are again nesting just inside the arsenal. We also saw a Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Grasshopper Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow.

From the north side we found another two Burrowing Owls. One along the western side and finally two along the southern end.

Two Bison were close to the fence at the northwest corner.

If we missed a bird, it was Lark Buntings.

A target of our trip was an Upland Sandpiper reported on Friday just north of the old Eagle Watch bunker along Buckley Road. We could not find it.

It was a fun ride, in spite of the rising temperatures.

Good Birding!"

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