Norm Erthal, Dan Brooke, Cheryl Teuton and I headed up to some mountain lakes today under beautiful, sunny skies and calm winds.
It appears that many "waterbirds" have not come down from the north yet, but still some goodies are present already.
Eleven Mile Reservoir (Park): 2 Surf Scoters in the middle of the lake 22 Surf Scoters in a single flock at the west end of the lake Among the flock of twenty-two Surf Scoters was 4 White-winged Scoters! 26 total scoters in a single flock! 3 Common Loons
Spinney Mountain Reservoir (Park): 4 Surf Scoters 2 Common Loons
Antero Reservoir (Park): 1 Surf Scoter 6 Common Loons
Buffalo Creek Reservoir (Park): Many ducks, nothing unexpected
Ice Pond (in Buena Vista) (Chaffee) Many ducks, nothing unexpected
Clear Creek Lake (Chaffee): VERY few birds on the lake; nothing unusual
Mt Elbert Forebay (Lake): 5 Common Mergansers...that was it!
Dillon Reservoir (Summit): VERY few birds; nothing of note
Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Summit): Several species of dabbling ducks (no goldeneyes) One BAT flying around the pond!!!! In the daytime!
Hopefully the upcoming weather brings more birds down into Colorado as northern lakes/ponds start to freeze up.