Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Birding Around The Eastern Side of Denver

March 7, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached 52 degrees today.  Winds were 11-12 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

A stop at Barr Lake (Adams) on the way to the airport added a Barn Owl & Long-eared Owl to our trip list.  Two Ferruginous Hawks were standing over the prairie dog village at West Cargo Road and Third Creek.

After dropping my birding partners at the airport, I had some business near Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Nothing uncommon was found at Cherry Creek Reservoir; missed: recent sightings of Long-eared Owl and Rusty Blackbird.

On the trip home, I stopped at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) and enjoyed the pleasant day with a hike down the south end to the bench at mile 2.5.  Nothing uncommon was observed on the lake.

Many Ring-billed Gulls were joined with a couple of Herring and dozens of California Gulls.  No black backed or large "white" gulls were found.

I drove around to the north side and scoped the lake three times each from the upper swim beach parking area and the northwest corner of the dam.  Misses: If the White-winged Scoter is still around it was not found by me.

No Short-eared Owls appeared along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver) this evening.

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