Date: 11/9/17 8:52 pm From: Richard <birdertoo...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...> Subject: [cobirders] Afternoon at Aurora Reservoir (Arapahoe County)
I exhausted the morning taking care of chores and preparing for a weekend trip to Jackson County. Temperatures today only reached the middle 40s. Winds were 5-6 mph with gusts to 13 mph.
A call to Bill Cryder who can see the southern end of Aurora Reservoir from his deck found no sighting of the reported Tundra Swan.
Therefore, I checked the scuba beach area first. About 1800 gulls on the beach were all Ring-billed Gulls. It was strange to not have at least one other species. No swans or other uncommon birds were observed from that vantage point.
Next, I scoped the lake from the upper parking area for the swim beach. Two Greater Scaup were less than 100 yards off. Other 2000+ gulls were on the beach at mile 4.0. This was excessively far away to identify most. A large white Gull or black backed Gull might have stood out; none did.
Finally, I spotted a Swan at the mouth of Senac Cove. I drove around to the south end of the Reservoir. Bill and I walked rapidly down to the shore and received great looks at a Tundra Swan.
A quick scoping of the lake found one Common Loon in Lone Tree Cove, no scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, etc. We had to rush back out before the southern gates were closed. These gates close 30 minutes before the Reservoir proper. Presently that time is 5:30 pm.