Early this Sunday morning, Apr. 9, on a lark and before the winds picked up, I birded Lagerman Reservoir, Boulder County, where 21 somewhat early *white-faced ibises* were roosting in the west end shallows. Then I heard the wild caterwauling of a *long-billed curlew,* way up high; it circled the Rez broadly, then put down on the mudflats at the northwest corner of the lake. Earlier, whilst doing a bit of astronomy, I was delighted by a disorganized chorus of winnowing *Wilson snipe* north of nearby Clover Basin Reservoir. Okay, after Lagerman, I headed down to Boulder Reservoir, which had a nice *Mexican duck* at the west end mudflats. Also: *great blue herons* (*n*=16) tending nests, 3 *ospreys,* 1 male *American avocet,* at least 80 noisy *Franklin gulls,* and scattered *tree swallows* and 1 *barn swallow.*
Yesterday afternoon, Saturday, Apr. 8, Andrew Floyd and I did general natural history in the Coalton Open Space, far southern Boulder County, where we found 2 *burrowing owls,* 1 *turkey vulture,* 1 *bald eagle,* an odd aggregation of 35+ *black-billed magpies,* and incomprehensible multitudes of alfalfa webworm moths, *Loxostege cereralis*. And yesterday morning (sorry, I'm going out of order here), Sat., Apr. 8, I popped in on Cottonwood Marsh, Walden Ponds, Boulder County, where I found 16 *cinnamon teal *and 5* blue-winged teal,* 10 *Wilson snipe* all together, 3 *greater yellowlegs,* a flyover *merlin,* a *white-crowned sparrow* that appeared to derive from one of the dark-lored populations (however, it was molting, an SY, I believe, so I'm not sure), and an early-ish *Lincoln sparrow.*
Continuing in random chronological order, back on Friday evening, Apr. 7, Andrew and I saw and heard 2 early or overwintering *lesser goldfinches* at Summit Middle School, Boulder County.