Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Brief Trip in Denver and Adams Counties

February 11, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures were cooler today after last nights snow storm.  Highs only reached the high 40s; winds were mild.

In the afternoon while doing chores, I stopped by Garland Park (Denver County).  The two Greater White-fronted Geese reported yesterday by Joe Roller were at the northeast corner of the pond in the park.  See photos on the Colorado Birding Society's website:

Later I stopped by Barr Lake (Adams).  Most of the thousands of gulls were too far out in the lake to identify; no uncommon gulls were counted.  I walked from the boat ramp to the Pioneer Trail and found two Great Horned Owls and a Barn Owl.

A splendid sunset was over the DIA Owl Loop; unfortunately, no Short-eared Owls were seen.  Raptors included: two Red-tailed Hawks, two Ferruginous Hawks, one American Kestrel and a Rough-legged Hawk.

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