Monday, May 25, 2009

Quick Trip to Cherry Creek Reservoir

May 24, 2009

Richard Stevens:

I had been up all night owling, but had to go over to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) to see the possible only second Least Tern reported in Arapahoe County. At 8:15am the Least Tern was on a small island in the new wetlands southeast of the model airplane field. The area can be observed from inside the park or outside of the park; along East Bellevue Avenue. I managed to show the bird to Steve & Debbie Kennedy and six other birders who had not heard about it. The tern was still there at 8:34am.

The White-rumped Sandpiper was no longer there, however I did find 2 White-rumped Sandpipers in the southeast corner of the lake. They could not be seen from the northeast corner. I had to walk in from the Shop Creek trail (east side of the park).

Went to check on the Black-chinned Hummingbirds southeast of the rangers office fence. Most the "south facing" male show up. However once two additional male Black-chinned Hummingbirds came and there was a three way fight for the "favorite perch". The south facing male won each time. Later I observed the other two males (still being able to see the one to the south) east of the fence at 50 paces south of the northeast corner of the wooden fence bordering the ranger's office.

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