Sunday, April 26, 2015

Northern Mockingbird at Cherry Creek Reservoir

April 26, 2015

While out doing chores, Rebecca and I received a text message about a Northern Mockingbird at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Winds were mild; however, it rained most of the afternoon.

When we arrived at the northeastern boat launch area, a quite wet Northern Mockingbird was walking up and down the sandy trails near the western restroom.  Given five more seconds, I would have captured some nice photos.  Several dog walkers (dogs off lease) walked by and the mockingbird disappeared.

After waiting about 20 minutes, the Northern Mockingbird reappeared (photos later on the Colorado Birding Society's "photo library").  I took about 40 photos before another unleashed dog and owner walked down the cement path.  We did not continue to wait.

A loose flock of sparrows at the eastern end of the parking area included:  three Vesper, four Lark, a Savannah and Song Sparrow.

No shorebirds were along the swim beach or at the Cottonwood Creek Wetlands.

In the pouring rain, most gulls were on the poles outlining the southwestern marina.  American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, a dozen or more Franklin's Gulls and two Bonaparte's Gulls were included.

Outside of the park along Bellvue Avenue, we scoped the Bellvue wetlands.  The area is full of water, no shore.  Eleven White-faced Ibis (no Glossy) fed in the taller grasses around the pond.

A wet Western Kingbird was on the fence south of Bellvue and Cherry Creek drive (near last years Great Horned Owl nest).  While there was no owl on the nest, we did spot a Great Horned Owl on a nest in the park.

Only a couple of Burrowing Owls were out along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  No Short-eared Owls appeared today.

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