Sunday, March 4, 2007

Quick Drive Through Cherry Creek Reservoir

March 4, 2007

We got bored in the afternoon and decided to drive over to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). About 10 percent of the lake was open water today. Temperatures reached 40 degrees; winds were 10-15 mph.

The open water attracted about 400 gulls (up from about 80 on my last visit on Monday. The count was about 10 Herring Gulls among Ring-billed Gulls. One Bald Eagle kept close watch on the gulls.

Quite a few Red-tailed Hawks (7) were out hunting. A female Northern Harrier hovered over the Shooting Range. Four Ring-necked Pheasants were also counted.

We also found a Great Horned Owl in a nest!

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