Monday, October 26, 2015

Aurora Sports Park and DIA Owl Loop

October 26, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Early this morning I walked into Aurora Sports Park (Arapahoe) and hiked Sand Creek from the south end of the park to the north end.  None of yesterday's warblers was found. 

The hike requires much bushwhacking and some mud.  Few birds were found.  The highlight was a pair of Spotted Towhees (not much of a highlight).

I did not have much time to bird in the afternoon.  I drove some of the eastern Arapahoe County Roads.  Then I returned by way of the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  Winds were 10 mph; temperatures reached the high 50s only.  It was a pleasant cloudy fall Colorado Day.

A Merlin was encountered along Hudson Road between 26th and 56th avenues.

A Lapland Longspur was along Gun Club Road, south of 112th avenue.  No Short-eared Owls showed this evening.  Burrowing Owls appear to have migrated.

Raptors included Rough-legged Hawks (2), Ferruginous Hawks (3), Red-tailed Hawks (2) and an American Kestrel.

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