Date: 1/13/18 4:58 pm From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...> Subject: [cobirds] John Martin Reservoir, Bent County 1/14/18
After the fog lifted this morning, I went to John Martin Reservoir. There is much more open water than last week, and a significant change in numbers and species present. When I found two Common Loons from the Plover Island Overlook one mile west of Overlook Point on the north side of the reservoir, I called Janeal Thompson. While waiting for her to arrive, I found a mystery bird (far and with bad light) that eventually came closer and revealed itself to be a female type White-winged Scoter. In this area, there was also an adult Bonaparte's Gull, and seven Western Grebes. Where these birds came from in the middle of January is the $64,000 question.
Janeal and I then went to the east side of Overlook Point, and scanned through the gulls on the ice shelf near shore. One adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flew in to join the more common loafing gulls. To the east, we picked up a single first-cycle Glaucous Gull and adult California Gull.
There is still a spectacular assemblage of Snow, Ross' and Cackling Geese here. Today, we saw no American White Pelicans, but Lapland Longspurs flew overhead almost everywhere we stopped.