Sunday, April 16, 2017

Drive Through Rocky Mountain Arsenal

April 16, 2017

Rebecca Kosten:

Sue Ehlmann, Amy Davenport and I in the late afternoon drove the Wildlife Drive at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Adams County.

The afternoon was mostly uneventful.  We did see an Eastern Phoebe leaving a potential nesting area going out to catch some food.

Three Say's Phoebes were found in the riparian areas.  A highlight was a Long-billed Curlew just inside the Wildlife Drive.  The Long-billed Curlew was walking in the short green grassy field east of the road and just north of mile 3.

A Marsh Wren came out of the cattails near the bridge just north of the Long-billed Curlew field.  As it sang, a Ranger drove by and cued us that it was not legal to get out of our vehicle.

The drive was marked by the absent of any large raptors.  Two Burrowing Owls were at mile 7.  Another Burrowing Owl was at the corner of Havana Street and 88th Avenue.

Our Western Meadowlark count was only six during the eight-mile drive.  Few ducks swam on Lake Ladora and Lower Derby Lake.

Later we saw three Burrowing Owls at W. Cargo Road at Third Creek.  The area is well outside of the Arsenal.  No Short-eared Owls were found and seem scarce this spring.

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