Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Looking For Loons, Scoters and Gulls in Arapahoe County

October 9, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca and I scoped some reservoirs today for jaegers, loons and uncommon ducks on this snowy day.  We had better luck with gulls.

The Lesser Black-backed Gull was still at Barr Lake (Adams).

When we stopped at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) to scope the lake from the eastern side of the parking area north of the swim beach, a juvenile Sabine's Gull stood on the shore below us.  Fourteen Long-billed Dowitchers were there too.

The highlight was a Mew Gull less than 10 yards off shore.  We obtained superb views and comparisons with nearby Ring-billed Gulls.  Not done yet, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was another 10 yards behind the Mew Gull.

Forty four Sandhill Crane emerged from the clouds before again disappearing.  Their rattling voices were heard long before seeing them.

Quincy Reservoir (Arapahoe) on the other hand had few gulls or birds.

Our final stop was Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  A Sabine's Gull was among hundreds of gulls standing on Pelican Point.

We watched all the lakes for any jaegers chasing gulls.  Regrettably, no jaegers, loons or rare ducks were discovered.  The Lesser Black-backed Gull continues on the southwest marina.

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