Thursday, August 2, 2018

Search for a Jaeger, Aurora Reservoir

August 2, 2018

The temperature was 66 degrees at 8:00am; highs reached 91 degrees.  Winds measured 8-9 mph with a few gusts to 12 mph.

I visited Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County) in the morning.  The Jaeger reported yesterday morning at Chatfield State Park had not been reported since noon yesterday.  So, I checked out Aurora Reservoir in case it moved there.

When I visited Chatfield Reservoir on July 29, only a few gulls were observed.  The next day no gulls were found at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  While thousands of gulls were at Aurora Reservoir, perhaps they would attract a Jaeger?

Unfortunately, no Jaeger was found today.  The thousands of gulls on the mile 2.0 shore today included over 500+ adult California Gulls.  The lack of ducks was a little surprising.  Six or seven Double-crested Cormorants swan in the far southeast corner.

A lone Least Sandpiper at the northwest corner of the dam was the only shorebird found.  Two Yellow-rumped Warblers fluttered about the trees between mile 7.0 and 7.6.  The Aurora Reservoir visit was therefore quite mundane.

Later, I drove the Jewell-Yale loop on the way home.  One Loggerhead Shrike was the most exciting bird along the drive.  

I recommend not driving the loop at 5:00 pm.  The oil workers must get off work then because 38 trucks kicking up dust pass me going east.

No Short-eared Owls appeared along the DIA Owl Loop this evening.

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