Wednesday, November 28, 2012

No Uncommon Birds at Rocky Mountain Arsenal or Cherry Creek Reservoir

November 27, 2012

Richard Stevens:

No uncommon birds to report today.  Temperatures were warmer than yesterday and winds mild. 

Rebecca Kosten and I stopped by Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams County) while out doing chores.  Three American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were the only non-Red-winged Blackbirds to visit the Contact Station feeders.

On the way to dinner, we stopped at the bird observation platform at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  A few California Gulls were mixed in with 231 Ring-billed Gulls.  The only shorebirds on the mudflats were Killdeer.

The lake was like a mirror with the lack of wind.  Unfortunately, no scoters, loons or swans were among the many Western Grebes.  At least one Eared Grebe and Pied-billed Grebe were also observed.

The colorful sunset and full moon were the highlights of the trip.

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