Friday, February 10, 2012

Cherry Creek Reservoir and Snowy Owl Search

February 9, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca and I again drove through Cherry Creek Reservoir while out doing chores.

We managed to pick out a 1st cycle Thayer's Gull and a young black backed gull. Glenn Walbek agreed with me that the bird was a 2nd cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Did not see the Glaucous Gull. Forgot our scope so could not ID many gulls in center of lake.

At least 9 Bald Eagles! One adult perched by campgrounds.

Late in the afternoon, Bryan Ehlmann and I went out searching for Snowy Owls. First, we looked around the south side of Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County). No Snowy Owls, however, we did find the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at the swim beach.

We continued east and north of Aurora Reservoir to east of Barr Lake (Adams). No off road private properties were checked.

No signs of a Snowy Owl were found. No Short-eared Owls were flying around the DIA Owl Loop.

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