Brandon K. Percival
None with me. Seen by many before this date, and later in the day by Kara Carragher and others.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
5/3/2015 6:05:00 AM
5/3/2015 6:10:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):
Big Johnson Reservoir
20x60 zoom leica spotting scope
200 meters, on far shore
Sunny, no heat waves, probably the best time to scope Big Johnson Reservoir from the parking lot
Description of the Bird
I went to Big Johnson Reservoir early in the morning, to see if I could find the previously reported Snowy Plover, that I didn't have in El Paso County. I started scoping the far shore, and with some American Avocets, I could pick out a pale backed small plover. The bird didn't have a complete black neck band and the legs weren't orange, so I was sure it wasn't a Piping Plover. Kara Carragher and others walked around the lake later in the day, and confirmed the bird was indeed a Snowy Plover, that was hanging around with the American Avocets. Sam Fason photographed the bird on 1 May 2015, and I'm including his photo. This appears to be a Colorado Bird Records Committee Review species for El Paso County, that is why I'm submitting. Not sure if others will or not.
Similar Species Discussion
Piping Plover -- light colored legs
This species breeds at Lake Cheraw, Otero County, CO, and I usually see many of them each year, at this location. Since they breed in SE Colorado, it isn't too surprising to have a migrant in El Paso County, and along the Front Range.
Notes made AFTER observation
Date Documentation Submitted
5/14/2015 6:09:00 PM
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