Sunday, February 12, 2017

Washington Park & Aurora Reservoir

February 11, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I returned to Washington Park (Denver) hoping to get a better photo of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  It had been relocated yesterday.  The sapsucker was again in tree #5 (near Lily Pond).  Again, we only saw parts of the bird at any one time, no great photo.

A drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Adams) did not find any uncommon birds today.

Still hungry for a good bird sighting (not to eat, hungry?), we headed to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) on this beautiful day.  Temperatures reached 54 degrees; winds were 9-10 mph with gusts to 21 mph.

The ice was melting fast.  Again, we hiked in from the southern entrance and scoped the lake from the bench at mile 2.5.

Gull numbers were greatly reduced today.  However, hundreds flew in from the north (DADS disposal site) in the afternoon.  Gulls included one Thayer's, two Lesser Black-backed and one Glaucous Gull. 

Another Thayer's Gull and a Mew Gull were spotted from the parking area north of the swim beach.

The White-winged Scoter was closer to the northeastern corner than my previous visits.

We drove the Jewell-Yale loop (Arapahoe) near sunset.  No Short-eared Owls were found this evening.

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