Thursday, October 31, 2013

Park County Reservoirs, Owling in Chaffee County

October 30, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed back to Buena Vista (Chaffee County) to observe Alex B band owls.  Along the trip, we stopped off and scoped the three Park County Reservoirs.

Our first stop was Antero Reservoir.  Two Tundra Swans swam near the southern shore.  One Common Loon was nearby.  No scoters could be found.  Winds were 18 mph, gusts to 27 mph (not aiding much in our search).

At Spinney Mountain Reservoir, we found two Common Loons and two Surf Scoters (Petrosky, 10/20).  There may have been additional scoters; the high waves and winds made scoping the lake quite difficult.

Finally at Eleven Mile Reservoir we observed a Black Scoter (Kellner, 10/27), a Surf Scoter (Petrosky, 10/20) and two Common Loons.  Again, winds measured 18+ mph.

About two hours after sunset, Richard Stevens, Bryan Ehlmann & Alex B found one Northern Saw-whet Owl at the BLM Land northeast of Buena Vista.  It started to snow and they quit early.

Richard, Bryan & Alex head to Pueblo County to search for owls tomorrow night.

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