Monday, May 29, 2017

Hike In Rocky Mountain Arsenal

May 28, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I walked the Rod and Gun Club trail at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams).  Finally, we had a day without rain.  Tempertures reached 73 degrees; winds were 5-6 mph.

The four mile hike provided some interesting birds.  The highlights were a Tennessee Warbler near the final trailhead, a Red-eyed Vireo near the bird blind and an American Redstart fluttering about the cottonwoods north of the blind.

Other birds included Lark, Song, White-crowned, Chipping & one Brewer's Sparrow, Western & Eastern Kingbirds, Bullock's Orioles, Western Wood-pewees and a flyover Prairie Falcon.

A detour to Havana Ponds added another mile to the hike but few birds.  There was plenty of water but no shorebirds.

We drove the new wildlife drive and found two Burrowing Owls.  I was looking for Swamp Sparrows at the cattail field at the bridge and heard a Virginia Rail.  Unfortunately, the ranger came by and pointed out that we were not supposed to get out of the vehicle.  Now I know.

Later we drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  More people than we have seen this year were scattered around the Park.  That did not encourage us to stay.

A drive through the model airplane loop found an adult male Great-tailed Grackle feeding a young bird.  Scoping the Cottonwood Creek Wetlands did not find the previously reported Green Heron.

We stopped for a short walk along the First Creek Trail and missed finding the resident Barn Owls for about the ninth trip.

Burrowing Owls continue along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).

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