Date: 2/14/17 8:34 am
From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...>
Subject: [cobirds] Singing Catbird, Resting Screech Owl, Paired(?) Towhees - Arapahoe Co.
On Sunday, I heard what I believe was a singing Gray Catbird along the High
Line Canal Trail in Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve (Greenwood Village
[Arapahoe Co.]). Terrible recordings are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34326693. I returned to look for it
Monday evening and heard it once but couldn't locate it. The bird sounded
as if it was singing not from the trail, but from among the private
residences surrounding it. The Red-tails at Marjorie Perry have been very
active lately; the spot is usually good for 3-4 sightings, including a
Harlan's who has spent much of this winter (and perhaps last's) in the
area.

Elsewhere this weekend, my dog and I followed a half dozen or so alert
Black-capped Chickadees to an Eastern Screech-Owl, twenty or so feet up a
tree -- far higher than I'd previously found them perched. Only had my
smartphone and binoculars, so here's that terrible photo.


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In my yard, two Spotted Towhees appear to have paired. Am I misreading
their sudden presence feeding and calling together, after a winter of
seeing only one at a time, or is the timing right? And my bird bath is
suddenly the most popular stop in town. Dozens of robins have been visiting
it around sunset, taking turns (5-9 of them at a time). They're sometimes
willing to share it, as when this Cedar Waxwing joined them.


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I appreciate the extra visitors, but, boy, do the berry-eaters make a mess
of the bath.


In less happy news, at least for the bird in question...there are many
Collared Doves in my neighborhood. Since switching to a "no mess" bird
seed, two have been frequent visitors to my feeders. Now it's down to one
and a small pile of Collared Dove feathers in the back of the yard.


- Jared Del Rosso

Centennial, CO

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