Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

May 26, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I stopped again at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams) just after sunrise.  It was a beautiful spring morning with partly cloudy skies and calm winds.

We did not relocate the Red-headed Woodpecker reported yesterday at the Prairie Gateway trail (just outside the Arsenal entrance). Fourteen American Avocets walked around the large pond here.

Inside the Arsenal, we watched the Eastern Phoebe catch bugs/insects along the Canal at 64th avenue.   A male Blue Grosbeak flew around the south side of Lower Derby Lake.

We scoped the cattails at Marys Lake.  A Green Heron was holding on to one of the reeds and probing for food in the calm lake.

A Sage Thrasher stood on top of a rabbit bush plant along the western road inside of the Bison enclosure.  It was about halfway between the southern and northern ends of the road.

Later we got our second wind (we had stayed up all night owling) and visited a friend's ranch in Weld County (private ranch #1).

Highlights were two Long-eared Owls (resident), two Burrowing Owls (resident) and a Gray-cheeked Thrush!

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