Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blue Grosbeak, Where are they?

July 24, 2015

Richard Stevens:

On the way back to Denver, Bryan Ehlmann and I looked for about an hour for the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Little Jumbo Reservoir.  We hoped for a better photo, however, never found the bird in the thick foliage.

Rebecca Kosten and I drove over to Rocky Mountain Arsenal hoping to get a photo of a Blue Grosbeak that has been reported for several weeks.  Weather gave us a break today.  Skies were overcast and temperatures were around 80 degrees.

Unfortunately, we missed the Blue Grosbeak again.  Hundreds of Chipping Sparrows were along most of the roads in the arsenal that had trees (64th avenue, 72nd avenue).  Fall is coming; Chipping Sparrows are dropping down from the mountains.

On the way to the arsenal, we heard the distinctive call of a Long-billed Curlew as we drove along 56th avenue.  We pulled over and observed two Long-billed Curlews quite out of place (near the shed between Havana and Peoria Streets.  Perhaps they were headed to nearby Havana Ponds?

Inside the arsenal, I managed to get nice photos of a Sage Thrasher who was grabbing bugs off 64th avenue (between the yellow pipe gate at Lower Derby Lake and the woodpiles half a football field to the east).

Three additional Sage Thrashers were observed during a drive through the Bison enclosure (two just inside the western entrance).

We drove the DIA Owl Loop in the cool afternoon and found eleven Burrowing Owls spread over three locations.

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