Sunday, April 7, 2019

Weld County & DIA Owl Loop

April 7, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature was a beautiful 68 degrees today.  Winds were 7-8 mph with gusts to 12 mph.  What a pleasant day it was!

I returned to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) this morning.  Nothing stuck out as uncommon.  A Spotted Towhee called from the western windbreak at Pond 3.

No owls were located today.  I did not walk the windbreak west of the canal today.  That was most successful location on our last visit on April 1.

My friend's ranch continues to host a Mountain Plover, two Burrowing Owls and a pair of Long-eared Owls (no public access).

No owls were spotted along the DIA Owl Loop this evening.  As stated on yesterday's post, someone bulldozed the prairie dog village at Trussville Road and 114th Avenue.  No prairie dogs probably equal any Burrowing Owls showing up here this year.

On three previous visits to the corner, two Ferruginous Hawks stood on the northern hill.  I guess they have no incentive to return also.

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