November 11, 2022

This morning I joined a Denver Field Ornithologists field trip, led by David Suddjian, to Cherry Creek State Park.  Besides a Sedge Wren calling, three highlights were Bonaparte’s Gulls, a couple of Commons Loons, and a Harris’s Sparrow.

Three Bonaparte’s Gulls in front of a line of Ring-billed Gulls

Young Harris’s Sparrow

In the afternoon I went to Bear Creek Lake Park, where I saw a couple more Harris’s Sparrows.

Harris’s Sparrow

I saw six Western Grebes at the reservoir, and another three at the Big Soda Lakes, where there were also a number of Common Goldeneyes, plus a Pie-billed Grebe, Hooded Mergansers, Northern Shovelers, and Mallards.  There was a smattering of raptors, including a Northern Harrier, a Red-tailed Hawk, and an American Kestrel.

American Kestrel