Sunday, November 29, 2015

Search for Snowy Owls In Arapahoe County

November 29, 2015

Richard Stevens:

I drove eastern Arapahoe County in search of Swans and Snowy Owls this afternoon.  I Snow Bunting would have been nice.

No Swans were at Aurora Reservoir.  A good collection of gulls included a Thayer's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (scuba beach) and Mew Gull (swim beach).  An adult Bald Eagle was eating in one of the tall cottonwoods below the dam.

No Snowy Owls found.  We did receive a report of a Snowy Owl that stood on the sprinkler system on the east side of the East Quincy Energy Park yesterday afternoon.  It was not around today.  This is not the same Snowy Owl reported by Tony Hake yesterday).  The Energy Park is on CR 30 (Quincy Avenue) about a mile east of CR 97.

A detour down the Range View Campus road found a Ferruginous Hawk and dark morph Red-tailed Hawk.  Two Lapland Longspurs were in a flock of 100-150 Horned Larks.

Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrels were along E. Yale Avenue between CR 97 and Smith Road.

One or two Lapland Longspurs along CR 30, east of CR 139 accompanied another flock of Horned Larks.

The few times I stepped out of my car into the 21 degree temperature, it felt quite cold.

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