Thursday, April 13, 2017

Drive Around Adams County

April 13, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached 76 degrees today.  It was windy, anemometer readings were 24 mph with gusts to 31 mph.

I drove the roads east of the Denver International Airport searching for longspurs.  Eventually a Chestnut-collared Longspur was found along North Imboden Road and two McCown's Longspurs East 72nd Avenue.  In both cases, the longspurs were loosely associated with flocks of Horned Larks.

To stretch my legs I hiked Umpire Street between 96th Avenue and 104th Avenue.  It is a little early in spring; however, I scoped the trees where Box Elder Creek crosses 96th & 104th avenues. 

Not much was around today; historically Red-headed Woodpeckers, various empidonax flycatchers and other interesting birds will show up in the riparian areas along the Creek.

No Short-eared Owls were found along the DIA Owl Loop this evening.  Two Burrowing Owls stood on prairie dog mounds at West Cargo Road and Third Creek.

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