Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

April 26, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I drove through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on this beautiful spring day.  Temperatures were in the high 60s, winds were calm.

It was such a pleasant day, that we decided to hike the 3 mile trail (round trip) to the Rod & Gun Club Bird Blind and Pond.  A Gray Flycatcher was fluttering about the cottonwoods just north of the bird blind.  A Willet stood on a small muddy island at the south end of the pond.

Bison including a newborn were quite close to the main road.  No uncommon birds came to the feeders (filled) at the contact station.

Burrowing Owls continue at the prairie dog town at 3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th avenue.  A few Horned Larks, two Swainson's Hawks, two Red-tailed Hawks and a Ferruginous Hawk were observed along the DIA Owl Loop.

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