Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Finally a Snowy Owl Arapahoe County

December 25, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Bryan & Sue Ehlmann, Rebecca Kosten and I had the idea to scope Aurora Reservoir (which was closed on Christmas Day) from the south side.

It was a fortuitous choice. We were able to see the Snowy Owl along the east side of the reservoir!

In the afternoon, I returned to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County) hoping for better photos of the Snowy Owl. This time I acquired permission to walk onto the South Shore development property.

I was able to hike 300 to 400 yards closer to the reservoir. Again, the Snowy Owl was found; however, it was not in the same position as earlier in the day. Digiscoped photos again were only witness quality.

On the trip home, thousands of White-cheeked Geese were feeding in the fields between Gun Club Road and 470 (the toll road). A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen 0.8 miles south of Quincy Road (west side of Gun Club Road).

Another Greater White-fronted Goose and three Snow Geese (adult and 2 juveniles) were just east of Quincy Road and 470.

No owls were found along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).

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