Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chatfield & Cherry Creek Reservoirs

April 11, 2009

Richard Stevens:

After hearing about the Sage Sparrow at Walden Ponds this week, I decided to search at Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson County). They have shown up at Chatfield in past years during the last week of March and first two weeks of April. Unfortunately, none did today.

A Peregrine Falcon flew along the dam (from north to south) as I looked around the southeast sand spit. South at the Discovery Pavilion area, two Barn Swallows and 4 Tree Swallows flew around.

At Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) there were only 25 gulls (all Ring-billed) at the eastern sand spit. Anemometer readings were 28 mph with gusts to 36. The highlight was a Caspian Tern trying to fly from east to west into the strong winds (observed from the handicapped fisherperson dock). Not much else was found in the strong winds. Topped off a great day that started with owling at Cameron Pass!

Burrowing Owls were out at both sites (3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th Avenue and along Tower Road at 0.4 miles north of 56th Avenue).

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