Monday, October 27, 2014

Birding Around the Denver Area

October 15, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I birded around Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties on this fantastic fall day.  I am running out of adjectives to describe the beautiful fall weather Colorado is experiencing.  Several record high temperatures and calm winds make for wondrous days.  Regrettably, songbirds have been scarce.

Just before sunrise, we observed a Short-eared Owl flying over/between the hills along Queensburg Street, south of 114th avenue (Adams County).  A late migrating Burrowing Owl was found along Picadilly Road (about halfway between 120th and 128th avenues).

We found the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull on the scuba beach at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).  I was almost ready to take a photo when a jogging passed by and scare the gulls to the middle of the lake.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly a Northern Saw-whet Owl at Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas).  We had narrowed its location down on several previous trips.  Today we were able to find the owl roosting in the middle of the afternoon!

After dropping Bryan off at home, I wandered back to Barr Lake (Adams).  A Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and three Barn Owls rewarded my efforts.

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