Monday, October 29, 2012

Cherry Creek Reservoir and DIA Owl Loop

October 29, 2012

Richard Stevens:

I passed through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County) while doing chores this afternoon.  The number of birds around was way down from yesterday.  Strange as the afternoon was much better than yesterday.  Winds were less than 3 mph; temperature was around 60 degrees.

Few of the birds found yesterday were relocated.  The Common Loon and Sabine’s Gull(s) could not be found.  Hundreds of gulls were on the southeast mudflats and I did not take the time to walk over for a good look.

A small wren popped out of the brush just east of the bird platform at the Prairie Loop.  However, I did not get a good look and could not confirm that it was yesterday’s Winter Wren.

Yesterday’s, Long-billed Dowitcher was joined by a second bird.  They were closer today and the light was better.  A Song Sparrow and Virginia Rail walked between the cattails just below the bird platform.

Jerry Petrosky joined me and walked the group camping area.  A Great Horned Owl was northwest of the Campgrounds.  A flock of 9 American Tree Sparrows flew about.

After dark, I stopped along the DIA Owl Loop to listen to birds in the fields and watch the full moon.  No birds crossed the moon during the hour I watched.

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