Date: 2/6/17 8:50 pm From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Subject: [cobirds] One less Ring-billed in the world
All was pretty peaceful at Hine Lake in Robert A. Easton Memorial Park in JeffCo this morning until a *Prairie Falcon* appeared out of nowhere, stopping from on high and slamming into a 1st cycle *Ring-billed Gull*. Poof! It landed with the gull on the lake's remnant of ice for a minute or so, and then lifted up and carried it off with some effort to the northwest. A pair of *Greater Scaup *watched it all.
A *Say's Phoebe* was at the south margin of Sledding Hill Park near Kipling x Ken Caryl.
An *American Pipit* was along the South Platte near the exit from Chatfield Dam. A 1st cycle *Lesser Black-backed Gull* was flying around near the Chatfield Swim Beach. The reservoir had hardly any birds at all.
On the shifting season's theme, I've been enjoying seeing male *Red-winged Blackbirds* arrayed atop cattail stems, singing over their still beaten down marsh patches. Today near South Valley Park I heard my first songs from *Spotted Towhees* for this season. *Northern Saw-whet Owls* are doing a lot of calling lately.