Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cherry Creek Reservoir in a Snowstorm

December 7, 2016

Richard Stevens:

I was not planning on get out of the house today.  Temperatures were around 10 degrees and winds 8 mph (after last night's snowstorm).  After receiving a text message concerning a Dunlin at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe), I just had to drive over.

I did not find the Dunlin; however, some good birds were relocated.  Most of the gulls were on the ice off the Prairie Loop bird observation area.   These included the Glaucous Gull, Mew Gull, two Thayer's Gulls and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Most of the gulls at the dam trail were Ring-billed Gulls with a couple of Herring Gulls and California Gulls (original reported location of above gulls). 

Two Rusty Blackbirds were at the Cottonwood Creek Wetlands.  No gulls were at this end of the lake.

My biggest surprise was two adult and three juvenile Tundra Swans just off the Dixon Grove parking area!  A Greater White-fronted Goose and Snow Goose were also in the vicinity.

Four adult and two sub-adult Bald Eagles were in the cottonwoods at the south end of the Campgrounds.  Most likely, they were roosting for the night.

After sunset, I headed for home trying to miss the xxxxx drivers.  I passed four accidents on the trip back home.

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