Tuesday, December 15, 2015

First Annual DIA Christmas Count CoBus

December 14, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Eight of us conducted the first annual DIA Owl Loop Christmas Count CoBus.  Temperature reached the middle 40s; winds were 8 mph.

Participants: Bryan Ehlmann, Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons, Dave King, Rebecca Kosten, Sue Ehlmann, Deborah Dorsey

Highlights included:

Short-eared Owls: third Creek & West Cargo Road (Adams County), Gun Club Road & 104th avenue (Denver).

Barn Owl (Hudson Road, Adams)

Long-eared Owl (near Bennett, Adams)

Snow Bunting (Haysmount Road, btw 114th & 120th avenues, Adams)

Lapland Longspurs were found:
Haysmount btw 114th & 120th (Denver) (8)
64th avenue (Adams) (10)
Hudson Road (2) (Adams)

Raptors included:
Ferruginous Hawk (3)
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Rough-legged Hawk (2)
Prairie Falcon (3)
American Kestrel (4)

Thousands of Horned Larks were counted!

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