Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Return to Arapahoe County Reservoirs

Richard Stevens:

High temperature reached 62 degrees this afternoon.  While the foothills saw high winds, my anemometer readings were only 6-7 mph at Aurora Reservoir.

I returned to several Arapahoe County Reservoirs today.  After missing the Rusty Blackbird and Brown Thrasher at Cherry Creek Reservoir, I walked into Aurora Reservoir from the southern entrance.

Gulls galore, my count included three Glaucous Gulls, one Glaucous-winged Gull looking, and one Great Black-backed Gull among thousands of Ring-billed Gulls.  The Long-tailed Duck was also off Senac Cove.

Later I drove to the lower swim beach parking area and found one Iceland Gull, at least two California Gulls and three Herring Gulls among the many Ring-billed Gulls.

A hike to the southwest corner of the dam did not add any additional uncommon gulls.

The four Rusty Blackbirds continue along the First Creek Trail north of the 56th avenue Bridge.

No Short-eared Owls appeared along the DIA Owl Loop 30 minutes either side of sunset.

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