Date: 11/7/20 7:11 pm
From: Donna Stumpp <donna.stumpp...>
Subject: [cobirds] Standley Lake (Jeffco) - A study in loons and a couple RNGR
What a treat today - four Common Loons and two Red-necked Grebes were
feeding on the far edge of the weed beds about 75'-150' off the south shore
(about midway east/west), allowing for close-up views and photos. There
have been a variety of loons recently at Standley Lake, providing a great
opportunity to study and compare them. We've had Common Loons, a Pacific
Loon, and a Red-throated Loon.

I was introduced to birding about 18 months ago, but this is my first fall
of serious birding. It turns out, there is a lot of variety in the coloring
of Common Loons, as many of you know. I'm not sure if this always happens,
but I seem to see the loons not just alone, but sometimes in pairs or even
threesomes. It's been tremendously valuable to see several loons all on one
outing so I can compare the coloring differences, as well as bill shape and
size, and head shape. Earlier in the week, another birder and I saw six
loons swimming in a line toward the dam!

The loons have generally been in the middle of the lake about midway
east/west when I've seen them (I've been out 5 of the past 7 days since I
live nearby and wanted to study them), although yesterday I had a common
just past the weed beds like today, but on the north shore midway

If you're interested in coming out, there are free parking lots on both the
north and south shores, just know they lock the gates at sunset.

[image: DSTU0778 - earlier COLOs together.JPG]
Donna Stumpp
Westminster, CO

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