Sunday, December 23, 2012

Eastern Area Lakes and Gulls

December 23, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan & Sue Ehlmann, Rebecca Kosten and I took our little two-car caravan around to east metro lakes today.

Our first stop was Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  We walked in from the south side and scoped the swim beach area, which had few gulls.  The majority of gulls were at mile marker 2.5.  Six hundred+ gulls included a Lesser Black-backed, two Thayer's, a dozen+ California, six to twelve Herring and many Ring-billed Gulls.

Then we quickly drove to the north side of Aurora Reservoir and scoped from the northeastern end of the dam.  Another four hundred+ gulls included another Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Yesterday's Glaucous Gull was not found.

At nearby Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) which is about eight miles west of Aurora Reservoir,   as we expected, fewer gulls were here.  We counted about 250+ gulls off the southwest marina, mostly Ring-billed, a few Herring and half a dozen California.

When we drove to the dam tower, we noticed the large whitish Glaucous Gull standing on the ice (at about halfway between the marina and the dam tower).

Fifty eight Bald Eagles were reported yesterday; we found none today.

Bryan and I went to Barr Lake (Adams) and missed the Fox Sparrow during an hour wait.  Sue and Rebecca went to Lakecrest (Denver) where they saw one of the Greater White-fronted Geese.

Nothing uncommon was found during a drive around the DIA Owl Loop.

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