Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wandering Around South and East Arapahoe/Douglas Counties

March 15, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Yesterday, Bryan Ehlmann and I almost went to De Koevend Park along Little Dry Creek (Arapahoe County) in an attempt to relocate the Eastern Screech-Owl reported Gloria Nikolai.  By the time, we returned to Denver, both of us were just too tired to drive across town in the traffic.

Today we continued our owl searches and relocated the Eastern Screech-Owl at De Koevend Park (Arapahoe County).

Afterwards we hiked the Highland Canal from East Quincy Avenue to East Belleview Avenue (Arapahoe).  Another Eastern Screech-Owl was found south of Quincy Avenue.  The large cottonwoods along this route offer many places for the owls to nest.

After dropping Bryan off, I picked up Rebecca Kosten and we drove to the Walker Pit just west of Franktown (Douglas County).

The earlier reported Eurasian Wigeon was still with a few American Wigeons in the northeast corner of the pond.

We passed Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) on the way home and stopped for 30 minutes.  Yesterday's reported Glaucous Gull was nowhere to be seen.  An adult Thayer's Gull was near the swim beach. 

Gulls come and go throughout the day; species can change at any time.  The predicted storm was rolling in from the west and we did not stay until sunset (departure at least an hour before).

Last fall I found a nice "shortcut" from Parker to Aurora Reservoir.  The route avoids the congested Parker Road to I225 route.  It goes through rural Douglas County into Arapahoe County.  Although the term "rural" is disappearing with the new homes popping up everywhere.  Leave a comment or email me if you would like directions.

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