Fruitgrowers Reservoir Semi-Arid Water

The flight arrived late-morning, as opposed to the usual one into Denver and the day spent driving to Grand Junction. This forced the problem of where to bird in the afternoon heat? The choices were either the cooler higher elevations or water birds which didn’t care about the heat. Since I’d be going to higher elevations later in the week the water birds won out. But where? The state parks would be full of weekend visitors. This left Fruitgrowers Reservoir semi-arid water.

The advantage of Fruitgrowers Reservoir is no people. None. As I reported two years ago the lake is off-limits do to phosphorous pollution concerns. Plus this would probably be my only chance to see certain water species this year.

That left me to enjoy the water birds on the warm Sunday afternoon.

Fruitgrowers Reservoir Semi-Arid Water

The breeze off Fruitgrowers Reservoir semi-arid water felt good in the mid-90’s heat.

A look to the north showing the semi-arid environment except immediately around the reservoir.

I know it’s not unique to the west but I wanted to show this Killdeer. Is the white material along the shore the phosphorous pollution?

Also not unique but I liked this photo of  a Double-crested Cormorant taking a fish off to eat. A nearby nest?

Every time I looked it seemed one of the local American White Pelican flock was getting up and flying short distances around the lake.

A couple slowly drifted by while I was scanning the lake. The knob is showing on the right hand bird.

Cinnamon Teal were present at two locations on the trip.The female never appeared from the reeds for a photo.

Western Kingbirds were prevalent in all the lower elevations.

As were Black-chinned Hummingbirds. This guy must have liked sitting in the afternoon heat as he never moved.

Another futile effort to turn one of the 40 or so Western Grebes into Clark’s Grebes.

A Willet way out in the grass. eBird has flagged me twice in the last couple of months, both times for Willets. The first time in Marion County, IN in May and this time in Delta County, CO.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds were the stars of the day constantly flying from the reeds to the nearby pasture land. Both sexes kept up a steady flight.

Can you spot the female Yellow-headed Blackbird in the reeds?

I didn’t realize White-faced Ibis were much smaller than Great Blue Herons. I’ll come back to the Ibis on a later post.

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