Sunday, February 10, 2019

Aurora Reservoir Update

February 9, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature was 48 degrees.  Winds were brisk 8-9 mph with gusts to 24 mph.

Staying away from Denver traffic I took back roads to Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe).

A brief stop at the 56th avenue bridge over First Creek found the four Rusty Blackbirds walking along the east fork of the Creek.

Then I walked into Aurora Reservoir from the southern entrance off East Southshore Parkway.  It is about a 1.5 mile walk to the mouth of Senac Cove.

The Long-tailed Duck was swimming approximately 40 yards off the mouth of the Cove.

Hundreds of gulls stood on the ice shelf.  Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls stood out among the many Ring-billed Gulls.

The large white Gull swam about 60 yards off Senac Cove.  It is all white with a pink bill and black tip.  It appears to be a juvenile Glaucous Gull.  

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