Sunday, January 28, 2018

Birding In Arapahoe County

January 28, 2018

Temperatures reached 50 degrees today.  Winds were 8 mph with gusts to 22 mph.  It felt cold all day.

My first stop was the East Crescent Parkway, Greenwood Village (Arapahoe).  After missing the wren yesterday by walking the wrong area, Loch Kilpatrick put me on the correct area today.  Thanks much Loch!

The Long-eared Owl continues to hide in the Russian Olive Trees at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).

I then scoped Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) from the upper swim beach parking area (Pavilion #4 offered some protection from the high winds).

Three Long-tailed Ducks swam to the east at about center of the lake.  The two White-winged Scoters were at the mouth of Lonetree Cove.

Hundreds of gulls stood on the swim beach ice shelf.  Only one Iceland Gull and one Lesser Black-backed Gull were picked out of the mix today.

My birding day ended with drives around the Jewell-Yale Loop (Arapahoe) and east of DIA (Denver International Airport, Adams).  My target bird, Snowy Owl was not found.

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