Monday, November 5, 2007

Unsuccessful Owl Search & 2 Trips to Cherry Crk Reservoir

November 3, 2007

John Tiernan and I stopped by Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) early in the morning. We found a Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loon, and 2 Common Loons. The Lesser Black-backed Gull and one Bonaparte's Gull were flying around below the dam. We missed the Red-necked Grebe.

From Cherry Creek Reservoir we headed up Deer Creek Canyon in search of Northern Pygmy-Owls (or any owls). None were found. We did run into a flock of 9 Red Crossbills and 20+ Cedar Waxwings. John had a wedding to go to and time was limited (isn't always).

My birding day ended at Cherry Creek Reservoir. With up to 8 loons reported during the day, I was not able to find any in the first hour of searching. Granted, the 2 Rusty Blackbirds were the focus of my trip; they were not found.

Just before sunset, I spotted the Red-necked Grebe of the north end of the owl loop. It was loosely associated with the raft of Western Grebes (did not see any Clark's). The bird looked different than the Red-necked Grebe seen on 10/24 (found by Bill Cryder).

After sunset, 2 Common Loons were spotted below the dam. The Lesser Black-backed Gull was back on the sandbar north of the southwest marina. There was zero wind; the reservoir surface was like glass!

No owls came out during my drive of the DIA Owl Loop.

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