Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cherry Creek Reservoir in the Fog

Richard Stevens:

April 9, 2013

While out getting supplies, I passed through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Fog covered the lake.  Occasionally there would be breaks and I could see perhaps 20 yards.

Many gulls stood on the Prairie Loop mudflats.  37 Franklin's Gulls, 14 California Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls joined hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls.  No shorebirds were on the ice covered mud.

At the eastern sand spit another couple hundred gulls stood.  The highlight of the day was a Caspian Tern standing at the western end of the sand spit.  An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was among the many Gulls. 

I found another Lesser Black-backed Gull at the southwest marina sand spit.  Dozens of American White Pelicans were with him.

In the deep fog, there was no way to find the Common Loon reported yesterday.

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