Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Slow Day Along the DIA Owl Loop

January 8, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Another cold, partly sunny winter day, the high temperature did not reach 45 degrees; winds were measured at 8 mph, gusts to 15 mph.  After spending most of the day catching up on paperwork, Rebecca and I drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams County).  A Snow Bunting or Snowy Owl would have been a great find.

Our biggest surprise was the lack of birds.  In past years, we would see hundreds, even thousands of Horned Larks flying back and forth across the road.  Today we ran into one flock of 20-25 Horned Larks along Trussville Road.  I hope that the Horned Larks are wintering somewhere else (and not deeply decreased in numbers across the US).

The highlight was a Golden Eagle near the prairie dog town at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th Avenue.

Three Rough-legged Hawks, two Red-tailed Hawks, a pair of American Kestrels were the total of raptors.  No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

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