Date: 1/2/19 4:02 pm From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Eastern Arapahoe County Jan 2
Correction: The Loggerhead Shrike was near the south end of CR 241, not the north end.
David Suddjian Ken Caryl Valley Littleton, CO
On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 4:25 PM David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> wrote:
> I began at Aurora Res at dawn, finding an icy world. Judging by the > trackless snow, I was the first one on the dam this year. The reservoir was > nearly all frozen, with only scattered small areas of open water. Still, > there were were many *Cackling Geese* (maybe 30,000), and representative > *Snow*, *Ross's* and *Gr. White-fronted*. There were hardly any ducks, > given very limited open water, but a trio of *Long-tailed Ducks* was > present at one hole. 3000+ gulls were vastly *Ring-billed*, but I noted > the more expected larger species. Also: 1 *Northern Shrike*, 1 *Prairie > Falcon* and some *Bald Eagles*. > > Moving east I explored several roads of the far eastern portion of > Arapahoe County, east of the I-70 arc - essentially from Byers and Deer > Trail east. A seasonally rare *Loggerhead Shrike* was near the north end > of CR 241. A *Northern Shrike* was along CR 38 at Deer Trail between Hwy > 40 and East Bijou Creek. I had a small number of *Lapland Longspurs* > flying over CR 42 and CR 269. *Horned Larks* seemed only moderately > plentiful. Some snow cover helped, though. > > I had a nice sample of raptors in that area east of I-70. They turned out > to be pretty diverse altogether: 3 *Golden Eagles*, 2 *Northern Harriers*, > 1 *Bald Eagle*, 1 *Red-tailed Hawk*, 2 *Rough-legged Hawks*, 4 *Ferruginous > Hawks*, 1 *Great Horned Owl*, 1 *Short-eared Owl, *6* Am. Kestrels, *and > 1 *Prairie Falcon*. The Short-eared was active mid-day vying with a male > Northern Harrier and attendant Rough-legged for interest in a fresh > road-kill along Hwy 34 west of CR 269. > > David Suddjian > Ken Caryl Valley > Littleton, CO >