Saturday, December 7, 2013

Aurora Reservoir and DIA Owl Loop

December 4, 2013

Richard Stevens:

I led a trip to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Winds were 12+ mph, temperatures in the 30s and below.

Gulls come and go all day long at Aurora Reservoir.  Some definitely head north to nearby DADS (Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site) and return throughout the day.  Others fly west toward Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Today we found two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which represented our only uncommon gulls.  At least one Long-tailed Duck continues (Steve Mlodinow reported five on 11/24).

The last hour of daylight, Bryan Ehlmann and I drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  A Short-eared Owl was found flying over the rocky remnants of old roads on the west side of Queensburg Street, south of 114th avenue.  It eventually disappeared over the Airport runways to the west.

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