April 15 – Third Saturday Bird Walk – Waterfowl Plus

  • April 15, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Leaders: Audubon Master Birders Marilyn Rhodes & Bob Santangelo
  • When: Saturday, April 15, 8:30 AM – until we get bored.
  • Where: Begin at Rocky Mountain Lake Park.  Carpool from Evergreen: Meet at Bergen Park Park n Ride at 8:30 AM.  Rendezvous with Bob Santangelo at Rocky Mountain Lake Park at 9:00 AM.  Driving directions to Rocky Mountain Lake Park.  From I-70 eastbound exit at Federal Blvd. and prepare to turn right onto Federal Blvd. From the exit ramp, turn right and go one block south and turn right on to west 47th Ave. Proceed west to the park, there will street parking and parking spots on your left. We will meet there at the turnabout and begin our adventure by viewing birds present at the lake.
  • Trip overview: See waterfowl, waders, herons and raptors in the vicinity of Jim Baker Reservoir. We’ll have several spots for birding opportunities that are in very close proximity. Tentatively, our route will be Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Clear Creek Valley Park, Hidden Lake, Jim Baker Reservoir, Lowell Ponds, Berkeley Lake. All photos courtesy of Bob Santangelo.
  • Bring: Binoculars, field guides, water, and a snack. Call Marilyn Rhodes, 720-333-2551(cell). or Bob Santangelo, 720-579-1791 (cell), with questions. Leaders can be reached before and during the field trip on their cell phones.

Dancing Western Grebes

New access point at Jim Baker Rez

Bob and I would like to introduce you to one of our favorite spring birding spots, Jim Baker Rez. We have observed the grebe courting ritual (dancing on the water!) here in late April in past years, after noon and in the hours just before sunset. We hope to repeat the experience!

We also have had luck at nearby Rocky Mountain Lake Park, Clear Creek, Hidden Lake, and Lowell Ponds SWA. If time permits, and scouting reports support it,we may want to visit nearby Berkeley Lake, too.

New to our agenda are several gravel ponds, previously inaccessible, that are now open to the public via the new Clear Creek Valley Park just south of Jim Baker. Bob and I have been wanting to explore this new park and we hope you’ll join us. Bob shared some images he took during a recent scouting trip.

Some of the amenities at the new park…plus restrooms!

Some mud flats at Clear Creek Valley Park. This could be a shorebird Mecca in a couple of weeks!

Species sighted in previous years: Clark’s & Western Grebes, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Redhead, Pied-billed Grebe, American White Pelican, nesting Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, and egrets, Franklin’s Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey & Bald Eagle. We also had a White-faced Ibis flyover at Hidden Lake one year.

The courting grebe and heron rookery viewing locations are on the east side of Jim Baker. Dippers routinely nest on a concrete wall near Lowell Ponds. We’ll check them out, too.

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Author: Marilyn Rhodes

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