Sunday, November 16, 2008

Return to Park County

November 9 & 10, 2008

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I decided to see what birds were still up in Park County.

At Antero Reservoir we were fortunate to relocate a single Yellow-billed Loon, Common Loon and Long-tailed Duck. One of the two Snow Buntings was flying around the eastern side of the reservoir. Unfortunately it would only land briefly and take off again; we were not able to get a focused photo.

At Spinney Mountain Reservoir, we did not find in uncommon waterfowl in the high waves. A Bonaparte's Gull flew into view once.

At Eleven Mile Reservoir, we were fortunate to pick out a Black Scoter and Surf Scoter in the distance.

Near the end of the day, we returned to Antero Reservoir to have another shot at the Snow Bunting. This time we were not able to relocate the birds at all. Two Tundra Swans flew in from the north and landed along the north shore.

Monday morning it started snowing in Park County. Temperatures were much colder than yesterday. Winds were 15+ mph.

At Antero Reservoir, we relocated the Yellow-billed Loon, Common Loon, and Long-tailed Duck. We heard a Snow Bunting or two, but never did see them.

Snow fall continued and got worse as we returned to Denver.

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