Monday, November 10, 2014

Arapahoe County Reservoirs

November 6, 2014

Richard Stevens:

My first stop back in Denver was Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) hoping to find the lingering Lesser Black-backed Gull below the dam.  There was no photo op as many fisherpeople were below the dam.  Gulls were scattered all over this rather large lake.

Eventually one Common Loon, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Thayer's Gull and a lone Bonaparte's Gull were observed.

My birding day ended at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  I enjoyed sitting at the bench at the north end of the Lake Loop and watching the hundreds of Western Grebes (at least one Clark's Grebe), Eared Grebes and gulls hunting for food.

There was something serene about watching all the birds hard at work.  No cars, people or wind to disturb the scene!

Two Common Loons continued on the lake.  Bonaparte's Gull count was 31+ birds.  A late migrating small tern "turned out" to be a Forster's Tern!

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