Sunday, January 28, 2007

Quick Drive Through Cherry Creek Reservoir

January 27, 2007

I took a friend shopping today and did drive through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County) along the trek. Cherry Creek Reservoir was quite slow. The only gulls observed were Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Two Great Blue Herons stood in the snow down by the southwest marina. On the open water were many Common Mergansers, a few American Coots, and Mallards.

We did see a gull that had no black on it? Wing tips appeared completely white; however it just flew over us and continued to the north side of the lake. We were not able to locate it once we reached that side.

Four Bald Eagles were perched in the trees at the campgrounds. Two were full adults and two with white heads with much brown on them.

Twenty six Horned Larks were feeding in the field below the Ranger’s Office. Unfortunately, no Snow Buntings were in the mix.

We could not find the Northern Shrike today (searched main road, campgrounds, and firing range).

We also drove over to Mt Simeon Cemetery (East 6th Avenue & Picadilly Road). We watched 54+ Pronghorn walk around the cemetery. Views were from 10 yards!!!

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