Monday, June 27, 2016

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

June 26, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I drove out to Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams) after a late lunch.  Temperatures were still around 90 degrees; winds were measured at 11 mph.

We searched for the Eastern Phoebe(s) at the 6th avenue and Potomac canal.  None was found in the hour we watched the area.  I had hip boots and checked on their nest under the road.  No sign of Eastern Phoebes or dead young.  If the young fledged in the last three days, we found no signs of them today.

A search for the possible Eastern Meadowlark that has been reported on the north side of the Lake Ladora trail also was not successful.  It was quite hot and most of the 14+ Meadowlarks were not singing.  No conclusion that it has moved on could be made.

We walked the Locust Loop Trail (north of the old Contact Station/Visitor's Center) to 72nd Avenue found a Sage Thrasher and Northern Mockingbird.

Thirty minutes before sunset, we found two Long-eared Owls and a Barn Owl at the Legacy Trail.  The park closes at sunset and we had to depart rapidly.

No comments: