Friday, June 7, 2013

Four Hours at Cherry Creek Reservoir, Adams County

June 7, 2013

Richard Stevens:

I searched Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County) for about four hours for the Little Blue Heron reported yesterday.  I covered just about everywhere thought of and did not find it.

From the eastern sand spit, I scoped the mudflats to the south.  Six White-faced Ibis, four Great Blue Herons and several Spotted Sandpipers walked the area.

Only a couple of Killdeer were on the mudflats off the bird observation platform, Prairie Loop.

Most of the gulls were between the two mudflats above.  The Bonaparte's Gull was among several hundred Ring-billed Gulls and dozens of California Gulls.

A few additional Ring-billed Gulls and some Double-crested Cormorants were on the southwestern sand spit.

Nothing unusual was found at the 12 mile beaver pond either.  Mosquitoes are starting to increase in numbers.

Finally, I searched the pond west-southwest of the swim beach.  No herons, I did find an American Redstart fluttering in the trees around the pond.

The Bellvue Wetlands Pond had two Snowy Egrets, another Spotted Sandpiper and a Virginia Rail.

Four hours and I still missed the Caspian Tern reported by Don Beltz.

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