Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Missed Long-tailed Jaeger at Cherry Creek Reservoir

September 14, 2010

Richard Stevens:

This afternoon, Rebecca Kosten and I scoped Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County) for about 2.5 hours. While we cannot prove a negative, we wanted to see if the Long-tailed Jaeger was still at the reservoir.

It was never found. We did see at least 3 Sabine's Gulls swimming below the dam. In the middle of the western end of the lake, we counted at least 8, possibly 10+ Black Terns. A possible Common Tern was also out there, however a Forster's Tern could not be ruled out.

As has been the case, many Pelicans were on the southeastern sand spit. A few killdeer were the only shorebirds we could find. A pair of Great Blue Herons hunted in the extreme southeastern corner.

We searched for the Cassin's Vireo reported a few days ago near the swim beach parking area; without success.

I received a call from Jerry Petrosky who was at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe). He also could not locate the Long-tailed Jaeger there or at Quincy Reservoir.

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