Sunday, October 25, 2015

Barr Lake to Aurora Reservoir

October 24, 2015

Richard Stevens:

A walk around Barr Lake (Adams) in the afternoon found no uncommon birds were found when I hiked to the banding station and then to the northwest end of the peninsula.  Best bird was a Hermit Thrush in the willows south of the banding station.

A quick drive around the DIA Owl Loop (Adams) found no Burrowing Owls.  I believe they are gone for 2015.  The prairie dog town at third Creek & Quency Street (previously called 3.4 miles east of Tower Road & 96th) had ten raptors.

The count included four Rough-legged Hawks, two Red-tailed Hawks, two Ferruginous Hawks and two adult Bald Eagles (flying overhead).

I drove over to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and walked from the Visitor's Center to the dam tower (about 1.2 miles one way).  Then I scoped the lake for an hour. 

The Red-necked Grebe found earlier in the week was not picked out of the 980+ Western Grebes swimming off the dam.  However, at least one Clark's Grebe was among them.

The Common Loon I found yesterday was in the middle of the lake today.

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