Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Successful Birding at Chatfield Reservoir

December 15, 2014

Richard Stevens:

I drove down to Chatfield State Park (Jefferson/Douglas) to get a look at the Yellow-billed Loon that had been reported for several days. 

Scoping from the swim beach and Massey Draw did not find the bird and I headed over to the fishing dock west of the southern marina.  From there I took the paved path west to below the Campgrounds.

The Yellow-billed Loon was just 10 yards off the shore (photos on the Colorado Birding Society's website: http://coloradobirdingsociety.net16.net)

Scoping the lake to the west, I could see the Red-necked Grebe that has been at the lake for over a month!  He was loosely associated with a raft of Western Grebes. 

Several Common Loons were below the dam's tower to the north!  A Barrow's Goldeneye was also in the area.

Later I drove north of C470 to South Platte Park.  Fourteen Greater Scaup and four Lesser Scaup swam around Eaglewatch Lake.

No owls appeared on the DIA Owl Loop (Adams) this evening.

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