Forrest, et al.,
Ja! Daylight hours fly by too fast already!! I knew that Coen was
roaming around up there somewhere and that he'd find some good birds. I
neglected to mention that I have only seen five Surf Scoters on the West
Slope, but four of them have been during the last week! Ey Yi Yi
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 11:39 PM
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Delta and Mesa Counties today
I went over to Lake Catamount to follow up on Tom Litteral's sightings
from yesterday. His four Tundra Swans were still there along with a
Red-breasted Merganser and about a gazillion other ducks (mostly
dabblers). It took me about an hour to find the RB Merganser (my real
target bird), luckily, because when I was leaving I ran into Coen Dexter
with scope in hand. He had just arrived from Stagecoach Reservoir.
He informed me of his sightings there, which included two Surf Scoters,
Horned Grebe, a Herring Gull, a Common Loon and a gaggle (8 or so) of
Barrow's Goldeneyes. I then beat cheeks to Stagecoah and rather easily
found all of his birds except the loon. I also saw a distant grebe that
had me intrigued but a little puzzled. I finally tagged it as
unidentified, but if anyone ends up in the area, look out in the middle
of the lake and with better light, who knows?
I got back to Craig just in time to turn around and accompany my wife
back to Steamboat to watch a play. These short days have my timing off!
On Fri, 7 Nov 2008 19:00:40 -0700 "larry arnold" wrote:
> I received two reports yesterday that the Red-throated Loon was still
> Sweitzer, so I aimed my Little Mule in that direction first thing this
> morning and I wasn't disappointed. When I got there, Dennis Garrison
> was looking at the loon, and pointed out some American White Pelicans
> the far end (we later counted 20). Andrea Robinsong showed up in a
> minutes and we were all treated to both a Common Loon and the RTLO,
> by side, in the scope together for a great comparison. I also saw one
> Barn Swallow foraging along the water's surface.
> Andrea and I joined up for more birding.
> Confluence Park - nothing of special interest, a few Pied-billed
> and lots of Canada geese
> Cheney Reservoir - ducks, grebes, and lots of coots
> Gravel pit ponds at the east end of C-141, just after crossing over
> Gunnison River - nothing of note on the right side ponds, but on the
> pond on the left side of the road were a Common goldeneye, a Greater
> scaup, and two SURF SCOTERS.one of which was a juvie and the other was
> an adult male (a first for the west slope). The latter was cause for
> much smiling!
> Jack's Canyon (en route to Uncompahgre Plateau) - I was hoping for a
> late Williamson's sapsucker, but had to settle for Townsend's
> and Clark's Nutcrackers.
> Highline Reservoir - grebe spp, Ruddy ducks, Ring-billed gull 5,
> loon 4. NOTE, however, that one of the loons gave us fits. It was
> hanging out with the other three, had very light/pale/white flanks
> (depending on light angle), the bill seemed relatively small compared
> a typical Common loon, and there was no visible white around the eyes,
> all suggesting Arctic loon. But I am not writing this in all caps
> because I thought I saw very faint neck markings of a Common loon;
> Andrea could not see this, so we left it as undecided. If anyone gets
> chance to study this loon, please let us know what you see and think
> about it.
> Mack Mesa Reservoir - Red-breasted merganser 3, Common merganser 1,
> 4 moved over to Highline while we were there.
> Moi still smiling about that male SUSC!!! =)
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