Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Unsuccessful Search for Murrelets

November 12, 2014

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I went out searching for Murrelets again.  The last Murrelet report in Colorado was 11/16/2008.  We did not change that.  Visibility was again poor on this cold day.  It snow off and on and the high temperature was a single digit.

Only one Common Loon and several Bonaparte's Gulls were found at Chatfield Reservoir this morning.  Nothing uncommon was found on nearby lakes: South Platte Park Reservoir, McLellan Reservoir, Coley Lake, Marston Reservoir and Harriman Lake.

We abandoned our search and drove up to the South Platte Birding Area (Platte River at 88th Avenue).  One Barrow's Goldeneye was observed south of the rapids about 0.5 miles south of 88th avenue.  The Surf Scoter found on Tani Reservoir on 11/8 was not relocated this afternoon.

Temperatures dropped below Zero degrees by the time we drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  No owls or hawks were found as we drove the icy roads.

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