Date: 11/9/20 3:31 pm
From: Jack Bushong <jcbushong01...>
Subject: [cobirds] Summit and Grand County Reservoirs
Hi all,

This past weekend my brother and I birded the Summit/Grand County
reservoirs with mixed success. Below is a summary of each destination and
its highlights, in case anyone is interested in making a similar trip:

*Dillon Reservoir:* Relatively devoid of waterfowl, although there were
several good birds including an Iceland Gull at the Blue River Inlet, 2
juv. Snow Geese at the Soda Creek Inlet, and a late House Finch that
tripped the filter.

*Green Mountain Reservoir:* Only about 30 waterfowl on the reservoir; two
Red-breasted Mergansers on the south side (scarce in Summit) were the most
interesting.

*Kremmling (town):* Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows were downright
abundant. A tardy Common Grackle was a nice surprise at one of the feeders,
as were two lingering Mountain Bluebirds at the Oxbow Lakes just W of town.

*Wolford Mountain Reservoir:* Cold, windy, and generally bereft of
birdlife. A California Gull (slightly late?) tripped the filter, as did a
nice flock of eight Long-billed Dowitchers. A pair of Golden Eagles was a
thrill to see.

*Williams Fork Reservoir:* Two Common Loons and a late Greater Yellowlegs
were the highlights. The quaint town of Parshall nearby had several
productive feeders which included Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Cassin's
Finch.

*Lake Granby:* Waterfowl were concentrated in the NE corner near the
residential community. A Cackling Goose and Snow Goose were nice surprises,
as was a Long-billed Dowitcher. We decided to drive the precarious icy road
down the SE corner of the lake, and were rewarded with two Tundra Swans and
an apparent Trumpeter Swan.

*Shadow Mountain Lake*: Immense waterfowl flocks numbering at least several
thousand were strewn across the lake (mostly Gadwall, American Wigeon, and
Canada Geese). We didn't have time to thoroughly scan it, but it seems like
a great place for scoters or other rarities. Also four Horned Grebes.

It was overall a very enjoyable trip in a rugged yet magnificent part of
Colorado!

Jack Bushong,
Louisville, CO


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