Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wandering Around Adams County

November 30, 2013

Saturday was another fantastic fall day in Colorado.  Temperatures reached into the middle 60s; winds were less than 6 mph.

A stop at Barr Lake State Park (Adams) did not find the Tundra Swan reported two days earlier.  A Common Loon swam with many Western Grebes, gulls (mostly Ring-billed, a few California and a couple of Herring).

No uncommon geese were picked out of the thousands of White-cheeked Geese out on the lake.

Next, we decided to drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams County).  Lower Derby Lake hosted hundreds of ducks and geese.

We spotted a female/immature Surf Scoter at the southwest corner of the lake.  At times, it would disappear behind the southwest bank.  Be sure to obey no trespassing signs.  Two reasons, it is not a good idea to break the law on federal property and fines are listed at $225.

Eventually a Greater White-fronted Goose was picked out of the thousands of geese on Lower Derby Lake.  Other waterfowl included Bufflehead, Redheads, Canvasbacks, a few Mallards, American Coots, two Western Grebes and a couple of Pied-billed Grebes.

Heading toward Lake Ladora, we stopped to look for sparrows and rails in the cattails along the southern end of the lake.  A Swamp Sparrow responded in less than three seconds when a recording was played at the southeast corner.

Only a few Buffleheads, American Coots and Gadwall were on the lake.  A hundred or so gulls were represented by Ring-billed and one Herring.

We stayed until dark (park closes at 6:00 pm) to look and listen for Long-eared Owls at the Governor's Row area of the Arsenal.  None appeared/called tonight.

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