Monday, March 30, 2015

A Last Trip to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area

March 30, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Another fantastic day in Colorado.  Temperatures reached the high 60s; winds were mild (less than 6 mph).

Peter Pereira and searched for owls at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Adams County).  Eventually we found two Long-eared Owls (western windbreak, ponds 5 through 8).  Unfortunately, we did not find the previously reported three Barn Owls.

Before Peter showed up, I walked the windbreak west of Ponds 4 to 3.  Several Blue Jays called from the thick trees.  A Cooper's Hawk was south of Pond 3.

A Golden-crowned Sparrow was with a flock of four to six White-crowned Sparrows under the trees at the mid point of Pond 3.

On the way home, we drove the DIA Owl Loop.  Ten Burrowing Owls were scattered over three locations.  The Short-eared Owl that was observed the last two days along third Creek, east of Quency Street was not out today.  This location is sometimes described as 3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th Avenue.

NOTE: Tomorrow (3/31) is last open day for Banner Lakes Wildlife Area north of Hwy 52 until July 16.

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