Sunday, September 30, 2012

Denver Trip (2): Rocky Mountain Arsenal

After a less-than-spectacular couple of hours birding at Barr Lake, I headed over to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal refuge.

On my way I passed a magnificent Red-tailed Hawk.


The RM Arsenal refuge was remarkably quiet for birds except for Ladora Lake. This had a pair of Western Grebes, a score of American Coots and several Double-crested Cormorants (below).

The edges of the lake had a few Dark-eyed Juncoes and a flock of 20 or more Chipping Sparrows (below).

I examined prairie dog burrows and mounds carefully in hopes of seeing one that had been taken over by Burrowing Owls.

However, for the fourth year in a row at this site I failed to spot any owls!

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