Sunday, March 4, 2018

Birding Around Denver

March 4, 2018

Richard Stevens:

A predicted snowstorm was approaching from the west.  Rebecca Kosten and I got out early to check on some recent bird sightings.

The Yellow-billed Loon and Red-necked Grebe were still on Chatfield Reservoir (Jefferson/Douglas Counties).  Both stayed in Douglas County during our visit.

After three trips, we finally found the Brant at Ketring Park (Arapahoe).

In the afternoon, temperature reached 70 degrees with winds at 17-18 mph, gusts to 26 mph at Aurora Reservoir.  The resulting high waves made finding waterfowl difficult.  A couple of Herring Gulls were among 60-70 Ring-billed Gulls.  No uncommon gulls were observed.

The lake was mostly open water today.  We scoped the reservoir four times and did not find the White-winged Scoters or Long-tailed Ducks.  Most likely, they moved on during the recent 95+ percent ice cover.

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

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