Date: 11/9/17 7:43 pm From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe...> Subject: [cobirds] Park Co lakes and some Chaffee Co birds
Dean Shoup and I made a trip today to bird a lot of the mtn lakes. We didn't get to nearly as many spots as we hoped. The first couple stops were quite birdy and we spent a lot of time digging through scads of waterfowl.
Eleven Mile Res - Oodles of coots with a good variety of waterfowl mixed in at least 9 Surf Scoters (prob 13) 3, likely 4, White-winged Scoters one continuing female Long-tailed Duck 450+ Common Goldeneye 4 common loons and a loon sp. Wood Duck drake was unexpected 18+ Bonaparte's Gulls one late American Pipit
Spinney Mountain Res - Many thousands of birds, mostly quite far away, and we didn't much spend time there, but we spotted 2 Common Loons. We could have spent several hours working Spinney.
Antero Res - Thanks to some intel from Kathy Dunning, we relocated 3 likely Tundra Swans, and a Pacific Loon, otherwise, lots of expected species, incl Bonaparte's Gulls, and a lot of wind.
We were way behind schedule at this point, but the birding was great, so we went to Buena Vista (Chaffee). We were cruising a neighborhood trying to get to the Ice Ponds and I spotted a Lewis's Woodpecker flying by. Dean wanted to find a Lewis's in town and I think he was skeptical, but he threw me a bone and stopped, and a few seconds later one flew over the car!
Ice Ponds - Lots of waterfowl, but the highlight (for me) was 40+ Pinyon Jays working the pines and carrying on. We watched them for about 15 minutes. I've only seen them a few times, so I was happy to spend some time with them. They are a fun and interesting species.