Date: 11/10/17 8:21 am
From: Sally Waterhouse <smwaterh...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Park Co lakes and some Chaffee Co birds
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On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8:43:33 PM UTC-7, Scott Somershoe wrote:
> 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.
> Highlights:
> 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.
> Scott Somershoe
> Littleton, Jefferson Co.

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