Saturday, February 20, 2016

Scoping Lakes Around Denver

February 19, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Another beautiful winter day in Colorado.  Temperatures only reached 65 degrees today; winds were down from yesterday to 9 mph.

I visited many bodies of water in the southwest quadrant of Denver today.  Most were completely free of ice, quite a change from yesterday when most were 50+ percent ice covered.

Highlights were the three Long-tailed Ducks at South Platte Park Reservoir.  They swam from Arapahoe to Jefferson County (photos on the Colorado Birding Society's website:

Nine Greater Scaup were scattered on the lakes at the south end of South Platte Park (just north of C470).

Other lakes checked without any uncommon bird sightings included Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas), Rampart Range Reservoir (Douglas), Highline Canal Reservoir (Douglas), Marston Reservoir (Denver), and McLellan Reservoir (Arapahoe).

Few gulls were encountered throughout the day?

I stopped by 2695 Newland Street yard.  The Carolina Wren did not make an appearance during my 1.5 hour stay.  I did photograph a male Downy Woodpecker & male Red-breasted Nuthatch.

No Short-eared Owl appeared tonight along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).  The Burrowing Owl was still at the southwest corner of Trussville Street & 114th Avenue (Denver).

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