Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chatfield Reservoir and Search for Tufted Duck

December 5, 2011

Richard Stevens:

In the morning, I drove over to Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas Counties) hoping for photos of the Brants. Unfortunately, I could not find them. Later, I heard that they had moved over to the Plum Creek Delta area.

Scoping the reservoir from the bench at the parking area above the dam was quite useful. I relocated the Pomarine Jaeger, 1st/2nd year Glaucous Gull and 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull.

On the way to Bryan Ehlmann's house in Brighton, I stopped at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson). The Golden-crowned Sparrow was quite cooperative. He made an appearance during the first 10 minutes of the stop. Then I picked up Bryan.

Email sent by Bryan Ehlmann to "cobirders"

Richard Stevens and I went out in the cold searching for the swans and Tufted Duck reported Sunday. We found neither. When open water was found, no rare birds were found. Frederick Recreation Area, St Vrain Ponds, Luna Reservoir and a few additional ponds were searched.

The exception was Union Reservoir in Weld County. We relocated the 1st cycle Little Gull but not the adult. Many Bonaparte's Gulls were still there.

We did not have enough daylight to drive up to Rawhide Reservoir for the Red throated Loon; it will have to wait for another day.

Our highlight was watching two Short eared Owls fly over near sunset at the southern Lower Latham Reservoir marsh.

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