Sunday, October 9, 2016

Birding Around Arapahoe County Reservoirs

October 8, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I scoped some Arapahoe County Reservoirs on this superb Colorado fall day.  Winds were 6 mph, gusts to 12 mph; temperatures were in the middle 70s.

We spent two hours at Aurora Reservoir.  The majority of birds were Ring-billed Gulls and American Coots.  A few Western Grebes were mixed in.  Two Sandhill Cranes flew overhead heading south, never stopped.

An hour at Quincy Reservoir found again the majority of birds Ring-billed Gulls and American Coots.  Half a dozen Western Grebes were also seen.

Another two hours at Cherry Creek Reservoir found no uncommon birds.  Ring-billed Gulls, American Coots and American White Pelican were just about it.  One Clark's Grebe was among dozens of Western Grebes.

Two Burrowing Owls continue along Gun Club Road south of 112th avenue.  We are monitoring a "last date" for them in 2016.

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