Date: 4/20/17 4:01 pm
From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding...>
Subject: [cobirds] McCown's Longspur, Chatfield SP, Douglas County

Hello all,

Enjoyed a morning of early spring birding with Michael Kiessig at Chatfield
today. Thomas Holub found a McCown’s longspur at the Model Airplane Field
yesterday; seems the the bird is still there. Saw American pipit at the
swim beach, various yellow-rumped warblers, the eastern phoebe near the
Kingfisher Bridge concrete outhouse, Swainson’s hawks, turkey vultures,
house wrens, vesper sparrows, Say’s phoebes, and Franklin’s gulls.

Michael yesterday noticed a very productive (magic) plains cottonwood near
the swim beach. It attracts starlings, flickers, robins, and many
yellow-rumped warblers. I believe it is a male tree with catkins just
turning red. Lots of birds there again today. Do insects like those red
catkins? Dave Leatherman, can you explain the magic?

Finally, Michael noticed a renegade-looking red-tailed hawk, photo below.
Anybody know what it is?

14 photo slideshow with audio here:

Tom Wilberding
Littleton, Colorado

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