Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cherry Creek Reservoir & Banner Lakes Wildlife Area

November 2, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Mostly the day was spent doing chores. A brief stop at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County) relocated a Bonaparte's Gull and Common Loon (off the Bird Platform area of Cottonwood Creek Loop).

It was too nice a day to end it inside, instead I walked around Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) the last two hours of daylight.

The highlight was a Long-eared Owl!

American Tree Sparrows have returned (9 birds seen). A Sora and Virginia Rail called from the northern ponds (Pond 6). Three Lapland Longspurs flew around the short grass prairie at the northwest corner of the property.

A Great Horned Owl called again from the Pond 12 area.

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