Date: 4/8/17 2:08 pm
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Waterton Canyon, Jeffco & Douglas


Correction: I read this in Sibley’s about Say’s Phoebe: “Uncommon in
expansive open areas such as prairies, tundra, farmland, and playing
fields.” That’s where I have seen them in the past, *one at a time*;
however, I neglected to read Sibley’s next sentence: “In summer associated
with nesting sites in crevices on cliffs, rock outcrops, buildings,
bridges, etc.” That’s where I saw *a pair* yesterday. Lesson learned.
TW

On Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:04:40 PM UTC-6, Tom Wilberding wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> Today Barb and I biked 6.5 miles up Waterton Canyon alongside the South
> Platte River, sometimes on the Jefferson County side, sometimes on the
> Douglas County side. Our first time there, loved it. Wild plum, very
> fragrant, in bloom along the river. Siberian elms green with samaras. Saw a
> pair of Say’s phoebes (what were they doing in a canyon?), golden eagle,
> Western bluebird, Townsend’s solitaire, belted kingfishers, lots of spotted
> towhees, heard canyon wrens. And lots of bighorn sheep, including rams with
> BIG horns. And fly fishermen, who knew exactly what flies were hatching out
> of the river today.
>
> Enjoyed close views of several pairs of common mergansers, a.k.a.
> goosander, saw tooth, *mergus merganser*. I’m used to seeing this species
> in big flocks on large reservoirs. Surprising to see them on a narrow river
> in a mountain canyon. “Do they have enough room to take off?” One male
> sailed through whitewater like a kayak. The pairs were all on large rocks
> mid-stream, looking rather cozy and romantic.
>
> Wikipedia says: “Nesting is normally in a tree cavity, so it requires
> mature forest as its breeding habitat. In places devoid of trees (like
> Central Asian mountains), they use holes in cliffs and steep, high banks.”
>
> Lots of cliffs and steep, high banks in Waterton Canyon. Do they nest
> there?
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> Cheers,
>
> Tom Wilberding
>
> Littleton, CO
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