Friday, April 10, 2009

Around Denver April 3rd

April 3, 2009

Richard Stevens:

While out purchasing supplies for a grouse trip that is supposed to start tomorrow, I drove over to Buckley Road and 132nd Avenue. Two of the ten Great-tailed Grackle reported earlier were still around the pond there. They eventually flew to the campgrounds at the southeast corner of Buckley Road and 136th Avenue.

Along the DIA Owl Loop we saw 4 Burrowing Owls at the site 3.4 miles east of Tower Road and 96th Avenue. Another 2 Burrowing Owls were at the site along Tower Road at 0.4 miles north of 56th Avenue. A Rough-legged Hawk stood in the middle of the Prairie Dog Village at site one above.

There were about 200+ Ring-billed Gulls and 2 adult Franklin's Gulls (alternate plumage) in the cultivated field north of the Landfill at Tower Road and 88th Avenue.

We arrived at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) around 5:30 pm. There were only a few gulls at the reservoir. At the eastern sand spit we counted 9 California Gulls, 17 Ring-billed Gulls, and 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. When a photographer walked down to take photos we and the gulls departed.

There were no gulls at all at the southwest marina. Seven Ring-billed Gulls were along the shore below the picnic area (tables with overhangs that look like Gull wings). Where are the gulls this spring? Aurora Reservoir must have many?

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