Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Slow Cherry Creek Reservoir

November 16, 2008

Richard Stevens:

After taking friends to the airport this morning I again drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe). Gull numbers were down from last week. A dozen Bonaparte's Gulls still remain mostly standing on the Cherry Creek Delta off the Bird Observation Platform at the Cottonwood Creek Loop.

Bird numbers are definitely down from last week before the snow storms. Except for the Western Grebes, counts of the other birds especially gulls were much less than a few days ago.

In the afternoon, I received a call from Bill Cryder. He was looking at a male Greater Scaup! Jerry Petrosky and I were planning on going over to Barr Lake but changed directions and headed to Aurora Reservoir.

When we walked down to the reservoir from the south side, the male Greater Scaup had been joined by a female! This was at Lonetree Cove (mile marker 3.0).

We observed many gulls flying around the cove at mile marker 4.0 and we hiked over there. No uncommon gulls were found but we did see 3 Herring Gulls among dozens of California and hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls. One of the Common Loons was also in this cove/bay.

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