Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Superb Day At Aurora Reservoir

January 16, 2017

Richard Stevens:

After Saturday;s snowstorm, temperatures reached 33 degrees today; winds were 9 mph with gusts to 16 mph.  It was a little nippy in Minnesota terms!

I enjoyed a splendid birding day at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).  In six hours I found just about all the birds expected.

This included: the Brant (below dam), Greater White-fronted Geese, two Ross's Geese, seven Snow Geese and thousands of White-cheeked Geese (Canada & Cackling).

Gulls included: Thayer's (8), Iceland, Lesser Black-backed (5), Great Black-backed (2), Glaucous (2), Mew Gull (1st cycle).

The White-winged Scoter remained in the northeast section of the lake.

A Prairie Falcon flew by below the northern side of the dam.  Two adult Bald Eagles occasionally harassed the many waterfowl.

Misses: The "strange" black-backed Gull found on 1/13 was not relocated.

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