Thursday, March 17, 2016

Birding Some Lakes Around Denver

March 17, 2016

I birded the Audubon Nature Center area of Chatfield State Park (Jefferson/Douglas) area for several hours searching unsuccessfully for the Winter Wren reported yesterday.

A walk to Kingfisher Bridge and back did not find any owls other than a Great Horned Owl.  A Spotted Towhee and Gray Catbird were the only other uncommon sightings.

I missed the Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  An Osprey flew by along the swim beach side.

By now, the weather was turning uncomfortable.  Winds rose to 18 mph; it started to snow.  The three Common Loons reported yesterday at Aurora Reservoir were not found.  However, I did not make the long hike to the northwest corner of the lake where they were last seen.  A Lesser Black-backed Gull was off the swim beach.

The Burrowing Owl was out behind the chain link fence at the corner of Trussville Road and 114th Avenue.  No additional Burrowing Owls were found yet.

No Short-eared Owls came out to hunt in the falling snow.

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