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

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