Monday, September 28, 2015

Pleasant Drive Around Eastern Arapahoe County

September 28, 2015

Richard Stevens:

This morning I drove to a friend's ranch in Weld County.  Two of the family of Long-eared Owls have stayed most of the year.  We assume the pair chased the two fledglings away?

A quick stop at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Adams) found few birds.  Robins were the common bird.  No warblers, vireos or owls were found.

Later, Rebecca Kosten and I went for a drive this afternoon on the eastern plains of Arapahoe County.  Winds at 13 mph, gusts to 18 mph probably kept many birds on the ground.  Temperatures were below 80 degrees.

Many Vesper Sparrows continue along Smith Road, south of E. Jewell Avenue.  A Say's Phoebe was just south of the house at Jewell & Smith Road.  A Grasshopper Sparrow was just south of the open gate about halfway down the road.  South of the gate, there is no fence on the east side of Smith Road.

At the south end of Smith Road, the road turns east and becomes E. Yale Avenue.  More Vesper Sparrows, two Rock Wrens and a Sage Thrasher were observed before the first house down the road (29709 E. Yale).

Red-tailed Hawks, one Swainson's Hawk and a pair of American Kestrels were found from the first house to the junction with Arapahoe County Road 97.

A Prairie Falcon crossed CR 97 at 1.5 miles south of 6th avenue.

We crossed I70 and took the service road west to Hudson, then took Hudson north to 56th avenue.  Another Prairie Falcon was north of the solar farm along Hudson.

A Barn Owl was found under the bridge at an unnamed Creek (about 1.5 miles south of where Box Elder Creek crosses Hudson Avenue.

Two additional Rock Wrens and anther Say's Phoebe were found before Hudson hit 56th avenue.

One Burrowing Owl was along the DIA Owl Loop at Trussville Road & 114th avenue.  We did not drive down Gun Club Road to check on that Burrowing Owl colony.

We sat along Quency Street near the 3rd Creek prairie dog town.  No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.

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