Date: 11/22/17 1:52 pm From: Luke Pheneger <phenegerluke...> Subject: [cobirds] Longmont Birds over the past week
I've birded the SW longmont area pretty heavily over the past week, the highlights include:
11/18 Golden ponds Snow Goose-2 (flyovers) Townsends Solitare-3 ( still continue as of 11/21 ) Dark Eyed Junco-5 subspecies Swamp Sparrow Horned Lark-8 (in the farm fields)
Lagerman Reservoir Greater White Fronted Goose ( my first ever for Lagerman!! )
Golden Ponds Snow Goose-8 Greater white fronted goose-2 Snow/Ross's Goose-3 Swamp Sparrow (continuing) Red Crossbill-2
A lot of geese are starting to build up on the agricultural fields, hosting all geese except Brant and Ross's Goose but I sure hope those show up soon.
Lagerman Reservoir Bonapartes Gull-1 (first winter) Herring Gull-6 Thayers Gull-1 (first year) A very large flock of American Wigeons is still present
My Yard Dark Eyed Jucos- 5 subspecies including my yards first ever White Winged Junco!!!
Golden ponds Greater White Fronted Goose-1 Northern Shrike Bushtit 6 ( seemed to have come out of nowhere, moving through the cottenwoods and dissapearing in a second )
Lagerman Reservoir Bonapartes Gull-4 Herring Gull-3 Herring/Thayers Gulls-2 (adults that were hard to tell from a distance) Northern Shrike-1 Virginia Rail-2 Horned Lark-3 (fairly common lately)
Over the past week or so, the raptors at Lagerman have included Ferruginous Hawks, Red Tailed Hawks, Merlin, Kestrals, Northern Harrier, Cooper's hawk, Bald Eagles, and I had one Rough Legged Hawk earlier on in the season, but haven't seen it in a while. It's become a mini raptor highway.
I also walked along the foothills parkway path that runs next to the Boulder creek. And in front of the foothills parkway underpass I flushed 2 finches from the thistle fields that seemed like excellent canadites for Common Redpolls, too bad my phone was dead and I couldn't record the calls :(. But the description can be seen in the list below, if anyone is interested.