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Birding at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Rocky Mountain Arsenal is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the US and it's just northeast of downtown Denver.  in 1986, a winter communal roost for bald eagles, then an endangered species, was discovered on the Arsenal.  The Fish and Wildlife Service soon realized the Arsenal provided habitat for more than 330 species of wildlife.  In 1992, the area was designated as a wildlife refuge.

The Arsenal has a 9-mile wildlife auto tour and a new Visitor Center.  The refuge provides great winter habitat for a variety of raptors including bald eagle, ferruginous hawk, rough-legged hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, and  great horned owl.  In addition, it's a great place in winter to hone your waterfowl ID skills!  We'll make several stops along
the drive for birding.  We'll also keep an eye out for mule deer, coyote, prairie dogs and bison.

Meeting time: 11:00 am

Meeting location: At the RMA Visitor Center.  

Map:  http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/trail%20wildlife%20drive%20map%20with%20text(1).pdf#a.

For those planning to go to Falling Rock, we'll head over there from the Arsenal.  There's a cold outlook for Sunday so dress warm.  We'll be birding from vehicles and then we'll walk around the lakes in search of waterfowl.



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  • Michelle P.

    Susan...that's a great shot of a beautiful bird! What is it? Bummed to have missed what would have been a new bird for me:(

    December 8, 2013

    • susan

      Hey Michelle... that's a male Varied Thrush. I didn't see it on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal trip - I wasn't able to make that trip. The thrush been posted on the ebird Colorado rare bird alert for a couple of days so I drove up to Campion near Loveland to see it. It was a lifer for me!!

      December 8, 2013

    • Michelle P.

      Thanks for the info....congrats on the lifer! Glad I didn't miss it by skipping the Arsenal trip:)

      December 9, 2013

  • Michelle P.

    As much as I hate to say it, I'm going to wimp out of this morning's visit to the Arsenal:( Hope to see y'all at Falling Rock this afternoon!

    December 8, 2013

    • Glen

      Missed you and your camera.

      December 8, 2013

  • susan

    I completely forgot about this trip... went to Berthoud to see that gorgeous male Varied Thrush though and got home too late for beers.

    December 8, 2013

    • Glen

      If you took a pic can you post it please? Would love to see it....

      December 8, 2013

  • Carol D.

    Beautiful winters day birding!

    December 8, 2013

  • Glen

    A cold and great time! Redtails, roughlegged, juvey eagle, a disguised western grebe, jousting bucks, bison, a cold red shafted flicker...., a mockingbird-or-kingbird-or-townsend----NO, it was a Mocking Jay; then there was the 15 eagles lead by a great horned owl on illegal territory, which was only sited by the lead (astray) car! Did I say great company on a cold day, rewarded by a warm friend-filled room sipping bears, and swapping stories. Ya gotta love it!

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Nancy

    I am also going to have to cancel. Sorry about the last minute decision.

    December 8, 2013

  • Jen T.

    Wish I could join you all but I've got 2 finals on Monday. Have fun and see lots of birds!

    December 7, 2013

  • Cindy W.

    Sorry to miss this. Family issues need my attention.

    December 6, 2013

  • Fran R.

    Sheridan, could I invite our small TTWalks Meetup group to go birding with your Birding and Beers group for this event?

    December 2, 2013

    • Sheridan

      Hi Fran, We'll be carpooling most of the time so I need to limit the number of participants for logistical reasons. This is the case for all of our gatherings. As of right now, the event is already full. If members of the TTWalks group are interested in learning about B&B events as they're announced, please feel free to encourage them to join the group.

      December 2, 2013

    • Fran R.

      Thank you for the info, Sheridan. Our group members have joined other groups when we post collaborative events on our TTWalks calendar. Just knowing each other and hearing about other Meetup groups also connects members to other groups. I enjoyed hearing about your group in our last Sunday TTWalks event. I'm looking forward to going birding with you and your group this Sunday.

      December 3, 2013

  • Melissa

    FYI - we were at the Arsenal last Saturday and the lakes at the Bluestem loop (at the end of the auto tour) were empty in case anyone was thinking of going there.

    December 2, 2013

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