Friday, August 19, 2016

Metro State University and Rocky Mountain Arsenal

August 18, 2016

Rebecca Kosten and I returned to the Metro State University area of Denver at 5:30 am (sunrise was 6:15 am).  We hoped to see the Greater Roadrunner running around before morning rush hour traffic.

We checked the University grounds and Denver (south to north) from 23rd Street to Colfax Avenue and (west to east) two blocks west of I25 to Speer Blvd.  The Greater Roadrunner was not seen.

Afterwards we drove through Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams).  Two Sage Thrashers were inside the self-driving tour at the Bison enclosure, another just outside the Arsenal entrance.

We hiked the Legacy Trail in search of the Blue Grosbeak pair reported yesterday.  Unfortunately, they were not found.

The New Mexico locust grove just west of the "closed trail sign" was hopping with birds.  They included an Ash-throated Flycatcher, an Olive-sided Flycatcher, two Western Wood-pewees, two Western Tanagers and a House Wren.

A Long-eared Owl was in the junipers 10 yards west of the trail closure.  Eventually it flew into the New Mexico locust grove.

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