Thursday, April 25, 2019

No Neotropic Cormorant at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Yes, Hooded Oriole in Denver County

April 24, 2019

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached 72 degrees this afternoon.  Winds were 8-9 mph with gusts to 14 mph.

Terry Michaels and I returned to Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) in an attempt to relocate the Neotropic Cormorant I observed yesterday.  We did not find any cormorants at the Lake this morning.

Neither did we find recently reported Black Scoter or Long-tailed Duck.

After Terry left for work, I wandered over to Expo Park in Aurora Reservoir.  The Greater White-fronted Goose was cooperating and many photos are taken.  See CoBus website's photo library: 

I received a text message about a Hooded Oriole at Westerly Creek Park and headed that way.  Joined by several birders we found the Oriole east of the creek at the southeast corner of Martin Luther King Blvd and Beeler Street.

The bird moved around much.  However, I was able to relocate it several times for arriving birders and take just a couple of photos.  CoBus photo library.

I waited for sunset at the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).  No Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.  No Burrowing Owls have arrived yet.  Note on previous posts that many of the prairie dog villages have been destroyed by Airport employees.  Burrowing Owls may not return.

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