Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chatfield Reservoir to Cherry Creek Reservoir to DIA Owl Loop

April 9, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Today Bryan Ehlmann and I went to Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas).  We missed Rusty Blackbirds and Eastern Phoebe at the Deer Creek Inlet.  We did find an Eastern Phoebe at Plum Creek Delta, but missed the Northern Saw-whet Owl south of Kingfisher Bridge.  Within 30 minutes, Eastern Phoebe photos will be on Colorado Birding Society's website, "photo library link".

A juvenile Bald Eagle was at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Photos on website.

No Brown Pelican was at Chatfield Reservoir, Cherry Creek Reservoir, Quincy Reservoir or Aurora Reservoir.  Two Black-necked Stilts were at eastern end of Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Fourteen Burrowing Owls were observed along the DIA Owl Loop on our way down to Chatfield Reservoir, going out to look for Short-eared Owls now.

In late afternoon, Rebecca Kosten and I returned to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Still no Brown Pelican, at least 36 White Pelicans were on the lake.  At 7:38 pm, six minutes after sunset, a Short-eared Owl flew 15 feet over our car when we drove by the cattail field just west of where Cherry Creek flows under Lake View Road (main road).

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