Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Arapahoe County: Cherry Creek & Aurora Reservoirs

February 14, 2018

Richard Stevens:

Super winter day in Colorado, temperatures reached a comfortable 63 degrees.  Warmer temperatures resulted because of the 11-12 mph winds from the south-southeast.  Anemometer readings reached 25 mph with several gusts to 37 mph.

While out doing chores and having dinner, we passed through Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe County).  Today the two Long-eared Owls were out in the open.  I put several photos on the Colorado Birding Society's photo library (recent favorite photos link)

Later we scoped Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) for an hour or so.  The high winds produced high waves making finding waterfowl difficult.

Eventually we relocated the two female Long-tailed Ducks however missed the two juveniles.  One of the White-winged Scoters was also found.

South-southeastern winds may have pushed many waterfowl into the northwestern corner of the lake.  We could not see about 1/6 of the reservoir from our vantage point.

Two hundred + Ring-billed Gulls were the only species on the swim beach ice shelf.  We did see one adult and one first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull swimming east of pavilion #4.

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