Friday, January 13, 2017

Aurora Reservoir On a Cold Day

January 12, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached the high 40s; clouds rolled in the afternoon and temperatures dropped rapidly.  Adding winds 12-13 mph, gusts to 18 mph made for a cold afternoon.

Not much time to bird today (family emergency), I stopped by Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and scoped the lake from the pavilion north of the swim beach area.

Ice shelf was not far off the pavilion and many gulls stood on the edge.  Eventually the count included four Thayer's Gulls, one Lesser Black-backed Gull, one first cycle Great Black-backed Gull and one Glaucous Gull.

There was much open water today; however, it was quite far away.  I scanned the lake four times.  Nothing else was added to my day list. 

Missed were White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup and additional gulls.

An immature Ferruginous Hawk stood on a telephone pole near the northern entrance; some nice photos were captured.

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