Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Arapahoe County Birding at Aurora Sports Park and Cherry Creek State Park

September 10, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I walked the riparian area along Sand Creek at Aurora Sports Park, Adams County.

Temperatures under cloudy skies were in the high 50s.  Winds were 6 mph, gusts to 11 mph.

It was not as birdy as we expected.  Highlights included a Tennessee Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler & Red-eyed Vireo.  I hope that the front coming through will bring additional birds tomorrow.
A couple of emails to the Colorado Birding Society's listserve
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I ran into a limping old man at the Cherry Creek State Park. It was Rich Stevens :-)

He and I walked from the Abeline Campgrounds to the dam and then the northeastern boat ramp.

A few interesting birds included;

A Black and White Warbler and Townsend's Warbler between camp sites 13 & 14.

Another Townsend's west of the dried up pond west of the swim beach. Yet another Townsend's below picnic shelter # 6.

No other warblers found. Richard was going to limp around the mudflats; I have to leave. Rich broke a toe yesterday; that's the cause of the limp.

No shorebirds but plenty of mudflats.

Good Birding!

Jerry Petrosky; Colorado Birding Society
Denver, CO

Hello cobirders;

Before the rain hit Cherry Creek Reservoir, as Jerry so kindly put it, I limped around the mudflats.

Two large flocks of shorebirds were encountered.  One flock was below the northeastern end of the boat ramp parking area.  This flock moved toward the boat ramp when a dog walker came by.  It included a Pectoral Sandpiper, two Killdeer, a Stilt Sandpiper, a Spotted Sandpiper, 62 peeps (Western, Semipalmated, and two Least), 17 Baird's Sandpipers and a Snowy Plover.

I had to walk around to the bird platform area and to the southeast corner to see the second flock.  It contained another juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper (looked different from the first), 71 peeps, a Solitary Sandpiper, 21 Baird's Sandpipers and 9 Killdeer.

I put a photo of the first Pectoral Sandpiper on the recent witness photos page of the Colorado Birding Society's website (this page is an orphan page, no links to other pages)

Later a Great Horned Owl was found 40 yards south of the southeast corner of the lake.

Continued Good Birding!

Richard Stevens; Director, Colorado Birding Society
Denver, Colorado

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