Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cherry Creek Reservoir and Snowy Owl Near Barr Lake

January 29, 2012

Richard Stevens:

After getting tired at looking at computer screens all morning, I drove south to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County). The 1st cycle Glaucous Gull was on the ice off the southwest boat ramp.

Most of the other gulls were Ring-billed Gulls. However, a few Herring Gulls and at least two California Gulls were also around. An adult Thayer's Gull was on the ice off the handicapped fisherperson dock (north side of reservoir).

I received a text message about the darker (young) Snowy Owl observed near Barr Lake State Park (Adams) and headed back toward home.

The young Snowy Owl was first found in high grasses around the gas riser south of the circle irrigation system. At 4:00 pm, it flew to the top of the irrigation system where it was still standing when I left at 4:40 pm.

No additional owls were found during a drive around the DIA Owl Loop.

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