Date: 2/26/17 9:01 am From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
Joe et al,
I agree with everyone who thinks this kingbird is an amazing record. When first announced by Susan I was betting it would be a Tropical/Couch's. The photo proof of its being a Western is undeniable and I commend Susan for sharing this remarkable occurrence in various outlets including COBIRDS.
I was in the Lamar area last week. The daily high temps were in the mid to high 70s the entire visit until the current cold front came in on the 23rd. At Blue Lake on the 21st we found a Northern Shrike impaling grasshoppers instead of their more normal fare of birds and small rodents. Several species of grasshopper overwinter as nymphs (and are active on warm days), while many other grasshopper species overwinter in the ground as eggs. The shrikes seemed to be finding almost full-grown nymphs of a few species (according to hopper guru Tim McNary in the genera Pardalophora (photo of one impaled on tumbleweed caught up in barbed wire fence), Xanthippus and Arphia). Keeping with the musical theme, maybe the song appropriate for these impaled hoppers would be the jazz standard "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most".
From: <cobirds...> <cobirds...> on behalf of Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:59 PM
To: Susan Rosine
Cc: Colorado Birds
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Western Kingbird today! Arapahoe county
Great find, Susan!
The previous high latitude for Western Kingbird for February was that of Dallas, Texas, per eBird.
In 1944 Frank Loesser wrote the ballad, "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," which became a great American "standard".
He was not talking about this year, 2017.
We need new song.