Thursday, January 14, 2016

Owl Search at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

January 14, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures only reached the middle 40s today.  Anemometer readings were 14 mph, gusts to 21 mph.  Sunset was another of those wondrous Colorado colorful winter sunsets.

After a meeting at the Denver Tech Center (south end of Denver), I planned to go to Barr Lake (Adams County) and look for Long-eared Owls.  Unfortunately, like yesterday, plans changed.  Traffic was so congested it was not possible to get to Barr Lake before sunset.

Instead, I detoured to Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams) which turned out to be a good choice.  Perhaps I could find a stray Northern Saw-whet Owl in the evergreens along the Legacy trail?

No Northern Saw-whet Owl was found, however, I did find three Barn Owls and at least six Long-eared Owls.  One of the Barn Owls perched on top of a New Mexican Locust Tree for a good five minutes.

Watched a great sunset and headed for home!

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