Date: 8/12/17 7:54 pm From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Subject: [cobirds] Ken Caryl Valley, Jeffco 8/12
I like to seek birds at Massey Draw beside my home as often as I can each week (sorry, no public access). There is - nearly without fail - something interesting to be found, some days better than others, of course. Today was very quiet. But a prize was a *Loggerhead Shrike*, the first for my immediate home area. It was perched atop a cottonwood snag and then it flew off to the south -- perhaps migration in action. The species is a rare fall migrant at Ken Caryl Valley. I had four sightings in the valley in the past three years, all from Aug 12 - Sept 9, so today's shrike fits that pattern.
An *Eastern Phoebe* was along Valley Road near Ken Caryl Ave. This species is also rare at Ken Caryl Valley.
I stopped at a string of spots around the hogbacks this evening and there was a decent showing by *Great Horned Owl *(12), *Common Poorwill* (3), and *Common Nighthawk* (4).