Sunday, February 12, 2017

Arapahoe County Reservoirs

February 7, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Another great winter day, temperatures achieved 62 degrees; winds equaled 11 mph with gusts to 18 mph.

I scoped Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) shortly after Noon.  A Lesser Black-backed Gull was with a few Ring-billed Gulls on the ice at Pelican Point (northeast boat ramp area).

Later, I hiked down to the Aurora Reservoir bench at mile 2.5 from the southern entrance.  The two coves (Senac & Lone Tree) were mostly ice covered.  That is where most of the gulls were standing on the ice.

Today's Gull count included four Lesser Black-backed, four Thayer's, one Great Black-backed and one Glaucous Gull.  Hundreds of Ring-billed, at least two California and half a dozen Herring Gulls were also out there.

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