Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Hike Around Aurora Reservoir

December 1, 2013

After great barbecue hosted by Bill Cryder, we decided to burn a few calories with walk around the south and eastern sides of Aurora Reservoir.  Our group included Bryan & Sue Ehlmann, Rebecca Kosten, Bill Cryder and I.

Among hundreds of gulls, we found two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and the Gull that others report as a Glaucous-winged Gull (we hold that no pure Glaucous-winged Gulls can be identified or occur in Colorado but rather are hybrids of some degree).

Other birds included a Long-tailed Duck and a Common Loon.  Misses included the Glaucous Gull and Mew Gull reported a few days earlier.  Jerry Petrosky called to say a Glaucous Gull was at Cherry Creek Reservoir (not more than 9 miles to the west, it could have been the Aurora Reservoir bird?).

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