Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Return to Rocky Mountain Arsenal

September 15, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I over five miles at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams County).  We hiked from the Lake Ladora parking area to Havana Ponds, then to the Rod & Gun Club Pond and back.  It was cool in the morning, but heated up to the high 80s by noon.  Winds were measured at 12+ mph.

Sage Thrashers were still around in good numbers (total 11 along our route). The highlight was an Eastern Phoebe along the Rod and Gun Club trail.  We also spotted a Long-eared Owl in a New Mexico Locust grove.

Other birds observed included two Rock Wrens, two Common Yellowthroat, Virginia Rail (heard), Sora (heard), a Western Wood-pewee, and a young Bullock's Oriole.

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