Date: 1/6/18 3:09 pm From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...> Subject: [cobirds] John Martin Reservoir, Bent County
I made a short visit to John Martin Reservoir today, my first since the CBC on December 14th. I can report that unlike in December, the reservoir is packed with an amazing number and diversity of birds. Viewing conditions have iproved greatly now that the reservoir is about 80 percent frozen, concentrating birds and drawing in many Bald Eagles and gulls.
I believe there are more than 100,000 white geese present now, and that will probably mean there are thousands of Ross' Geese present. Common Mergansers, missed on the CBC for the first time in December, now number in the thousands. Common Goldeneyes are now "common".
There are hundreds of large gulls now present, and today among them I picked out an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and first cycle Glaucous Gull. I am sure more species are present.
Most surprising was the appearance of three American White Pelicans and two Double-crested Cormorants, missed on the CBC. The best viewpoint is Overlook Point on the north side of the Reservoir.