Date: 8/12/17 4:58 am From: Jared Del Rosso <jared.delrosso...> Subject: [cobirds] Centennial Birds - Arapahoe Co.
In the spirit of David's post, here are some of my recent sightings around Centennial (Arapahoe).
Last weekend, I returned from a non-birding vacation out of the country (who knew there is any such thing as a non-birding vacation!?) to find a Western Wood Pewee in my yard on August 6. This was my first pewee in the Centennial area since early June.
On August 7, I did a short, early walk around Holly Park in Centennial, where I found small flocks of both Lark Sparrows and Lark Buntings. The Lark Sparrows were my first in Centennial this year, but Cynthia Madsen has been finding them around west Centennial since late-July. The buntings seem to be on a similar timeline as the sparrows; Mary O'Connor reported two along the Dry Creek trail in Centennial in late-July. But they seem less common, numerous, and widespread in west Arapahoe (so far) than Lark Sparrows are this summer.
My hummingbird feeders are increasingly active. A Black-chinned arrived on August 8. The next day, a possible Calliope arrived; I have to review some photos to confirm that.
Finally, on August 10, as I waited for a RTD bus to the airport at Arapahoe at Village Center Station (Greenwood Village), I encountered a Pygmy Nuthatch, my first in the county, in a cluster of five small conifers. This was a day after David saw a Pygmy at St. Mary's in Littleton and about 8 miles directly east of his sighting. It was one of the odder ways & spots that I've encountered a county bird...no binoculars, waiting on a late bus during rush hour, and in a group of unimpressive trees amid a vast sea of empty lots & pavement.
- Jared Del Rosso Centennial, CO (but out of the country again & still not to bird!)