Saturday, January 16, 2016

Searching for Gulls in Arapahoe County

January 15, 2016

 Richard Stevens:

I took the time to hike down to mile 2.5 at Aurora Reservoir in the early afternoon (started at the most southeastern entrance).  Temperatures were in the low 30s; winds were 14 mph, gusts to 18 mph.

My hope to get photos of the gulls congregated on the ice shelf there did not occur.  The gulls were still to far away.  A least two Thayer's Gulls and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were in the mixed of 500+ gulls.

Afterwards I drove to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Only a couple of hundred gulls were around the open water at the northwest quadrant of the lake.  Nothing uncommon was found.

My birding day ended as I parked along the road to the gun range.  Excellent views of the cattails to the west of Cherry Creek and north and south of Lake View Road were near the final curve to the range.

At 5:19 pm, a Short-eared Owl flew over the cattails south of the Main Road, drove into the cattails and continued north with something it is talons.  This occurred under another superb Colorado winter sunset!

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