Thursday, November 20, 2014

Platte River Birding Area and Arapahoe County Reservoirs

November 17, 2014

Richard Stevens:

I walked the Platte River Birding Area (S. Platte River, south of 88th avenue) in late morning.  Winds were 18+ mph, it was cold.  Both a male and female Barrow's Goldeneye were on the Platte River, just downstream of the "waterfall area".

Next I stopped by Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Uncommon bird count today included a Lesser Black-backed Gull, Thayer's Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls and Common Loon.

I scoped the lake from the scuba beach area and the swim beach.  It was too cold to walk around the 8.7 mile trail around the lake.  The Surf Scoters were not relocated.  However, they were in one of the coves on previous visit and could still be out there.

A stop at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) relocated one of the Common Loons and 12+ Bonaparte's Gulls.

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