Date: 10/22/17 9:48 am
From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Melody Tempel Grove (Bent County) and Kiowa County Reservoirs
I neglected to mention, at Lower Queens Reservoir a late-ish Great Egret
was also present.

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:44:54 AM UTC-6, Dan Stringer wrote:
> Yesterday Tom Whitten and I made a quick stop at Melody Tempel Grove (Bent
> Co) which was quiet except for 22 Wild Turkeys, Great-horned Owl, Ruby
> Crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Red-bellied Woodpecker. We
> then checked out Nee Noshe, Upper Queens, and Lower Queens Reservoirs
> (Kiowa Co). At Nee Noshe we saw a Tan-striped White-throated Sparrow in a
> small stand of Locust trees, a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk, 13 Long-billed
> Dowitchers, a Black-bellied Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, and a few American
> Pipits. Not much on the water or shoreline at Upper Queens, amongst the
> Tamarisk and Cottonwoods there were Mountain Bluebirds, a Red-headed
> Woodpecker, and a Loggerhead Shrike.
> I didn't expect much at Lower Queens but it turned out to be
> interesting. At first glance it was littered with shorebirds, turned out
> most of them were Long-billed Dowitchers. We counted just under 400 in
> several stops around the water's edge, flocks of them everywhere we went.
> About 10 Marbled Godwits were mixed in, 30 ish Least Sandpipers, 7 Pectoral
> Sandpipers, one each Baird's, Western, and Semipalmated were sorted out in
> difficult light. One Greater and 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 more Black-bellied
> Plovers, 6 American Avocets, some Clark's Grebe's among the Westerns, and
> about 450 American White Pelicans in a tight-row formation along a sandy
> bank. There was an Osprey standing in the water between the Pelicans and
> Dowitchers, first time I've seen that. The Double-crested Cormorants, 200
> or so, were all on the east end, many of them standing on limbs of large
> bushes coming out of the water, like one would see in a spring rookery
> setting...but apparently they just like to hang out on branches. We saw
> four Bald Eagles, three immature and one adult. Several hundred Sandhill
> Cranes were overhead during the day and as we were departing, Tom noticed
> that about 30 had come down on the other side of the reservoir to complete
> the picture. Lower Queens, smallest of the reservoirs in the area, was
> pretty lively on this day.
> Dan Stringer
> Larkspur, CO

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