Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trip South of Denver

February 14, 2016

It was cooler today with temperatures only attaining 45 degrees.  Winds were 5 mph.

Rebecca Kosten and I made a swing south.  Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) had zero gulls.  That may have been a first for me.

Two dozen Ring-billed Gulls were all at Quincy Reservoir (Arapahoe).

Thousands of gulls stood on the ice shelf at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Unfortunately, they were too far away to identify, no large white gulls and no black backed gulls.

We stopped at Bar CCC Pond (Douglas) where Tim Ryan had reported 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes, a Greater Scaup & Thayer's Gull earlier in the day.  Regrettably, we only found a male Barrow's Goldeneye (see photos on the Colorado Birding Society's website:

Our birding day ended at Castlewood Canyon State Park (Douglas).  After dark, we heard a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the old falls area of the park.

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