Date: 11/5/19 8:07 pm
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe...>
Subject: [cobirds] Jackson Lake SP, Tufted Duck update (no)
I’m sure many of you are saying “wait, what?” to that subject line. The report from Norm Lewis yesterday got a little lost in the hubbub of the bluetail and the mythical Gyrfalcon (big gyr dipper here!).

Anyway, Norm nicely photo’d one of the Long-tailed Ducks at Jackson Lake SP, Morgan Co. on Sunday and inadvertently photo’d a TUFTED DUCK! I was reviewing flagged reports in eBird and spotted the Tufted Duck next to a Long-tailed Duck! I’m thrilled Norm added a lot of photos of the Long-tailed!! Well done sir! Bittersweet though. There are 4 previous accepted records of Tufted Duck in CO.

Anyway, I spent several hours today scanning the lake after the frozen fog lifted about 945. I gave myself a headache scoping the lake and looking at every scaup and finding various species here and there. There were a lot of Lesser Scaup, a couple Greaters, and a lot of other birds around the western and southern half of the lake. I never found the Tufted in spite of ideal viewing conditions. It was clear, sunny and calm. Beautiful day and a well spent day regardless (of the Gyr showing well!!).

I did relocate one Long-tailed duck and every time I saw it (on maybe on 1/5 of my scans as it was diving a lot), I was waiting for the Tufted to appear. Alas that never happened.

Another joy was watching a Merlin give a flock of starlings fits. So fun to watch Merlin’s hunt (or play/tease with potential prey). A Barn Owl was in the Russian Olives, but I didn’t find any Long-eared owls. A gray catbird was calling and carrying on as well this morning.

I hope someone can relocate this Tufted! Please report here on CO-Birds about success or otherwise.

Scott Somershoe
Littleton CO

Sent from my iPhone

You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Colorado Birds" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to cobirds+<unsubscribe...>
To view this discussion on the web visit<D36A0FCB-EB92-4C7E-95D8-3FB313260C56...>
Join us on Facebook!