Date: 11/8/17 7:31 pm From: Tom Wilberding <twilberding...> Subject: [cobirds] Tropics and tundra, Chatfield Reservoir, Douglas County
Enjoyed birding this morning at Chatfield with CFO Treasurer, Michael Kiessig. At the Marina sand spit we spotted a juvenile Sanderling. Then, at the first stump up the beach, Michael spotted an American Tree Sparrow. So there you have it--tropical bird and tundra bird together. November in Colorado is interesting!
As we returned from the sand spit Michael noticed a Western Grebe on the shore. "It appears to have health issues." He calmly walked up to the bird, noticed it was tangled in fishing line, so he took a multi-tool out of his pocket, knelt down, and proceeded to extricate the poor grebe from its nylon straight jacket. Michael is an experienced bander, and as such is good at extrication.
As CFO President David Gillilan wrote in his recent column in *Colorado Birds*, it is hard to say which is more fun being around--Colorado birds or Colorado birders. The answer is BOTH!
Tom Wilberding Littleton, CO
P.S. On a more somber note, we noticed foresters painting the trunks of trees to be cut down near the shore at Chatfield. Tree removal will begin soon as part of Denver Water's 3 year project to raise Chatfield's water level 12 feet. If you want to see the old Chatfield, now's the time.