Sunday, October 18, 2015

Eastern Arapahoe and Adams Counties

October 18, 2015

Winds today were 8 mph, gusts to 11 mph.  High temperatures were around 77 degrees.

Rebecca Kosten went by Aurora Reservoir while doing chores.  We observed the Common Loon through our scope.  Unfortunately, most of the gulls were on the shore at mile 3.0, way too far away to identify any Sabine's Gulls (reported yesterday).  We chose not to make the long 3 mile hike today for a closer look.

On the way home, we took Quincy Avenue to Arapahoe CR 97, to Hudson Street to Imboden Street to the DIA Owl Loop.  No Burrowing or Short-eared Owls appeared tonight.  A late migrating Loggerhead Shrike was along East Yale Avenue at 1.2 miles east of Smith Road.

Raptors included four Ferruginous Hawks, six Red-tailed Hawks, two Rough-legged Hawks and one Swainson's Hawk (Owl Loop).  Not often to see Rough-legged Hawk and Swainson's Hawk on the same day and during a short drive.  The Swainson's Hawk was a juvenile.

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