August 8, 2021
We went to Bluff Lake Park today in Aurora, CO. It is a wildlife refuge and dogs and horses are not allowed in the park. Bicycles are not allowed either.
People on foot are allowed to walk on the trails, but are not allowed off the trails. They have many different species of animals in the park. There birding list is very long for such a small park.
We took Nox on a walk around the RV park before we left. We made the short drive over to the park. If you are ambitious, you could walk from the RV park to Bluff Lake since it is along Sand Creek.
At the parking lot, there is a small building. I didn’t go to the building, so I am not sure what was there.
In looking at the map sign, it showed a garden behind the building. The garden was on top of a hill and it was more of a maze with picnic tables in it. We had great views from the garden. We could see prairie dogs running and hear them chirping.
We saw two Belted Kingfishers, a male and a female. I spotted the male in the willow trees and I only saw the female when she took flight. She had been above the male in the tree.
The pond has a boardwalk out over the pond, cutting into the cattails. There were lots of dragonflies.
The park as a bird blind, which we stopped at. From the bird blind, using binoculars, we were able to see the new perching spot of the Belted Kingfishers.
On part of the hillside, there is a lot of yucca plants and some cactus. The park has bat houses on poles.
We saw another large bird that I am not sure what it is. Maybe someone can identify it for me.
While there were many butterflies, I wasn’t able to get any pictures of them. I did get a picture of what I believe to be butterfly eggs on a milkweed leaf.
The trails in this park are loops, so you can easily loop back to the parking lot.
This was a well kept park and full of wildlife. It was worth the visit for us.