Date: 1/8/20 5:12 pm
From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...>
Subject: [cobirds] John Martin Reservoir, Bent County, CO

John Martin Reservoir is huge, and birds seen one day may be impossible
to find in the same spot even hours later. I've been able to look at
parts of the reservoir on January 7th and 8th.

On January 7th, I observed both an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and
adult Mew Gull on the ice shelf on the western edge of the reservoir.
Neither were seen today, but an adult California Gull and a first-cycle
Glaucous Gull took their places. Two Long-tailed Ducks were seen from
the dam, just beyond the ice shelf on the 7th. With literally tens of
thousands of Snow and Ross' Geese, mergansers and goldeneyes, it is not
easy to find them.

Today, near the junctions of the Arkansas and Purgatoire Rivers, I
located one female Northern Cardinal, two Harris' Sparrows, and three
Lesser Goldfinches. This seems to be an extraordinary year for Lesser
Goldfinches wintering in SE Colorado, with birds seen on both the John
Martin Reservoir and Rocky Ford CBC's. Today's Lesser Goldfinches were a
couple of miles from where they were found on the CBC, indicating that
they may actually be far more widespread this winter.

Duane Nelson

Las Animas, Bent County, CO

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