Date: 1/8/19 6:44 pm From: Tom Hall, Fort Collins <redbear44...> Subject: [cobirds] Stearn's Reservoir, Boulder County
I went to Stearn's Reservoir today (5 hours) to locate the Brant. After giving up and heading back, it was found by a few people I ran into on the way out. It appeared to be a gray-bellied form. Also at the lake among the 10,000 Cacklers and 500 Canada Geese were a dark and light phase (2) Ross's Geese, a Greater White-fronted Goose (Taiga or Pacific (not sure which is current)), I believe 3 white phase Snow Geese (saw two at one time), a couple of Snow x Cackling hybrids.
Weld County - Saw 4 Greater White-fronted Geese (Tundra) at the Gravel pit off SH 119/I25 to north and east a few blocks on a gravel pit pond (Union St/Arbor St.) along with a Snow Goose, a Canada/Greater White-fronted hybrid, 3,000 Cackling Geese and a few hundred Canada Geese. Struck out on the Barnacles Goose, but did see both blue and white phase Snow Geese and another Tundra Greater White-fronted Goose . Of note, saw two leucistic and a melanistic Cackling Geese yesterday (one present today) and Pink-footed Goose. The black Cackling Goose was not fully black, but cheek patch (could see it to some degree) and front were almost all black, with the back gray - about normal color. A few pictures were taken of it by someone.