Sunday, November 20, 2016

Barr Lake & DIA Owl Loop

November 20, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Winds were calm today; temperatures reached the middle 60s.

Rebecca and I walked around Barr Lake in the afternoon.  Thousands of White-cheeked Geese were west of the Niedrach boardwalk.  Two Greater White-fronted Geese, one Ross's Goose and four Snow Geese were among them.

Waterfowl were in lower numbers than the past couple of weeks.  Water levels are also down.  No loons, scoters or Red-necked Grebes were among the many White-cheeked Geese, Western Grebes and Ring-billed Gulls (view from boat ramp).

A Barn Owl was around the banding station area.  While a Spotted Towhee was between the banding station and the Visitor's Center footbridge.

Our biggest surprise was not seeing one sparrow along the trail or behind the Visitor's Center.  Later we found no Horned Larks or longspurs while during around the DIA Owl Loop.  Not one, which was also strange?

No Short-eared Owls appeared along the Owl Loop this evening.  However, when we drove into Denver for dinner, a Short-eared Owl was observed flying along Second Creek (east of the Buckley Road detour for the closed section of Tower Road).

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