Monday, March 27, 2017

Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Area This Afternoon

March 26, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures briefly reached 55 degrees today.  Winds at 5-6 mph with gusts to 9 mph made it feel cold.

Today, I hiked to the Rod & Gun Club Pond at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams County) without finding any uncommon birds.  No uncommon gulls were at Havana Ponds, Lower Derby Lake or Lake Ladora.

A drive along the Bison Auto Tour did not find my target bird.  Two adult Eastern Phoebes who had three fledglings last year have not returned, yet?

Then I walked outside the east side of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Buckley Road to 88th Avenue), returned and continued along the First Creek Trail to Tower Road (Denver County).

Again, I missed an adult pair of Northern Mockingbirds that had one fledgling last year.  They also have not returned, yet?  No Burrowing Owls were found (Adams/Denver Counties).

A Say's Phoebe was just north of the 56th Avenue Bridge.  Sixteen White-crowned Sparrows and forty+ House Sparrows were in the brush pile northwest of the bridge.  If the Harris's Sparrow that wintered there was still around, it did not make an appearance.

A Great Horned Owl was perched north of First Creek and the brush pile.  A few Mallards and three Killdeer searched for food in the slow moving stream.

Later, two Burrowing Owls stood on mounds at the prairie dog village at Third Creek and West Cargo Road.  No Short-eared Owls were found while I sat and watched the 88th avenue and Powhaton Road section of the DIA Owl Loop.

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