Sunday, January 18, 2015

Search for Birds in Arapahoe & Denver Counties

January 16, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I walked the creek below the Chatfield Reservoir dam from its confluence with the South Platte River upstream for about 0.7 miles.  We were not able to relocate the red form Fox Sparrow reported several days earlier.

Three or four male and two female Greater Scaup continued to swim in the Platte River near the C470 Bridge.  Another ten+ Greater Scaup continued on the South Platte Park Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Only Ring-billed Gulls were among the 80 gulls on the ice shelf.

Later I drove over to Washington Park (Denver County) and photographed the gulls near the Smith Lake parking area.  At least one adult Thayer's Gull was there.  I thought there to be at least two.  One very light bird may have been an Iceland Gull.  Further study of  the photographs may confirm that.

A drive through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) did not find any uncommon gulls.  A Northern Shrike perched atop a Russian Olive Tree near Lakeview Drive and Cherry Creek.

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