Saturday, February 4, 2017

Aurora Reservoir

February 4, 2017

What a beautiful winter day in Colorado.  Temperature reached 59 degrees; winds were clocked at 5-6 mph.

First, I walked to Aurora Reservoir from the south side entrance near Southshore Parkway & Quantock Street.  I could see from the top of the hill/road that the many gulls were just off the bench at mile 2.5.

Hundreds of Ring-billed Gull were accompanied by at least four Thayer's, two Lesser Black-backed, at least two California, one Iceland,  one Glaucous, two Great Black-backed, and two Glaucous-winged looking gulls.

Later I drove to the northern entrance and walked to the western side of the dam.  The White-winged Scoter was below the northern end of the dam.  Few geese were on the lake today.

My birding day ended with a drive along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).  No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

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