Tuesday, February 19, 2019

First Creek Trail and Aurora Reservoir

February 19, 2019

Richard Stevens

Another cold winter day in Colorado with a high temperature at 19 degrees.  Winds did not help at 8-9 mph with gusts to 17 mph.

Three Rusty Blackbirds continued along First Creek just north of the 56th avenue Bridge in the morning.

I made it to Aurora Reservoir in the afternoon and froze in the head winds hitting the lower swim beach parking area.

The Long-tailed Duck continues today in the largest of the open water areas.  Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also on the ice edge nearby.

Gull numbers were way down.  Geese almost non-existent at 4:00 pm.  A male Ruddy Duck and several Common Goldeneyes swam in the small open area just below the pavilion.

No Short-eared Owls or Burrowing Owls were found along the DIA Owl Loop on my drive home.

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