Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wellington Wildlife Area to Aurora Reservoir to Cherry Creek Reservoir

April 30, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature today in Denver was 39 degrees.  Winds were mild at 4-5 mph with gusts to only 10 mph.

Several birders were leaving when Terry Michaels and I arrived at the Schware Unit of Wellington Wildlife Area (Larimer).  The Common Gallinule allowed good views at the pond North of CR 60!  Great find, thanks to Josh Bruening!

Heading south back toward Denver, we stopped at Cobb Lake section of Wellington Wildlife Area.  We missed the Blue-headed Vireo that was reported later in the day.

Nothing uncommon was found at Lower Latham Reservoir or nearby Beebe Draw Ponds (Weld).  We were not able to confirm the Short-billed Dowitcher report at the Weld CR 37/46 wetlands.  

A stop at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe) relocated the Long-tailed Duck swimming at the southwest corner of the dam.  It was about halfway along the line of leafless trees.  An Osprey stood in the south end of the same row of trees.  It was rainy when we birded there.

Our final stop was Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe).  Two Willets were behind the willows at Pelican Point.  Twenty six American Avocets walked among thirty four American White Pelicans standing on the submerged sand spit.

We looked for kingbirds and a Northern Parula around the blooming bushes and parking area; without success (mentioned because of May 1 sightings).

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