Sunday, February 19, 2017

Afternoon Trip to Arapahoe & Adams Counties

February 18, 2017

Richard Stevens:

While out doing chores, I passed Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  The White-winged Scoter was again just off the east side of the parking area north of the swim beach.

The ice shelf is melting rapidly; the only ice was just off the swim beach.  No uncommon gulls were among several hundred Ring-billed, four Herring and two California Gulls.

I received a text message about a Swamp Sparrow at Barr Lake (Adams) and headed over.  A walk from the Visitor's Center footbridge (mile 9.0) to the boat ramp (mile 7.6) found zero sparrows.

One of the Barn Owls was perched in a tree along the Pioneer Trail.  Two Long-eared Owls were in the entrance windbreak.

I wanted to search for Short-eared Owls at sunset and detoured over to the Second Creek Open Space where a Swamp Sparrow was reported yesterday.  One American Tree Sparrow was the only sparrow found when I hiked the several trail loops.

No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening along the DIA Owl Loop.

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