Friday, October 25, 2013

Park County Reservoirs

October 20, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Jerry Petrosky, Bryan Ehlmann and I headed south to scope the Park County Reservoirs.  We hoped the recent snowstorms and caused migrating ducks to stop and rest; we were not disappointed.

The handicap was winds of 20+ mph, gusts to 32 mph.  High waves and shaking scopes did not aid in identification of the many birds on the reservoirs.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir was the most interesting.  Three Surf Scoters and a pair of Black Scoters swam around the middle of the lake.  A Common Loon and Pacific Loon represented their family.

Antero Reservoir had a White-winged Scoter and Common Loon.  While another two Surf Scoters were observed on Eleven Mile Reservoir.  We had a flyover Rosy Finches (most likely a Brown-capped Rosy Finch) at Spinney Mountain Reservoir.

Misses included swans and jaegers.

Later with watched Alex B band owls at the BLM Land northeast of Buena Vista (Chaffee County).  No owls were caught this night.

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