Sunday, December 30, 2018

Morrison, Red Rocks Park & Cherry Creek Reservoir

December 30, 2018

Richard Stevens:

It was a warm day before the cold front hits tomorrow.  High temperature was 53 degrees.  Tomorrow's forecast is for a high of 22 degrees with possible snow.  Winds today were 12-13 mph with gusts to 16 mph.  Winds definitely picked up after 3:00 pm.

Dave King and I spend over three hours searching for the Morrison Golden-crowned Sparrow (Jefferson County).  We missed it yesterday, even though others had reported it again.  We checked over the five GPS waypoints provided.  Unfortunately, it was not found.

The consolation was a 5-second look at the red Fox Sparrow behind Red Rocks Park Visitor's Center.  Regrettably, it did not return in the 45 minutes thereafter.

After Red Rocks Park, we split up.  A friend was making her fifth attempt at finding the Rusty Blackbirds at Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  

She had been searching for a while when I arrived.  Thirty seconds later, I pointed out the female Rusty Blackbird to her! 

The female was walking among the cattails in the western stream that flows into the swim beach pond (located northwest of swim beach).  Later the male made a brief appearance and then flew to the cottonwoods on the south side of the pond.

We then drove to the Lake Loop on the south side of the lake.  Afternoon light is better at the Lake Loop for scoping the reservoir.  

Again only three slivers of open water were in the ice-covered Lake.  The two male (adult & 1st winter) Long-tailed Ducks were again on the most northern open water hole.

Then we searched briefly and unsuccessfully for Long-eared Owls before I departed for home.

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