Date: 1/1/18 11:36 am
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [cobirders] <cobirders-noreply...>
Subject: [cobirders] Barrow's etc, Carbondale,Garfield County
Happy New Year all!
May it bring you Health, Happiness and lots of GREAT wildlife sightings!

My highlights of the last week of 2017 of occasional birding hereabouts, often with Ted Robertson from California, included no dramatic finds but some nice birds never-the-less
Weather has been unremittingly warm and dry since a quick 8” of snow Christmas morning. There’s only a little snow in the valleys, but there is just enough for some half decent skiing on the hills, and it’s not brutally cold like out east!

Barrow’s Goldeneyes: sev on private ponds and 12 often on the Roaring Fork River downstream of the Catherine Store roadbridge, Carbondale,Garfield County
Rough-legged Hawk – Power’s museum – Carbondale, Garfield
Goshawk – imm by hwy 133 near Paonia State Park, Gunnison (31/12/2017
Merlin – Blue Lake, El Jebel,Eagle
Prairie Falcon: Coulter Creek, Garfield and at Fruitgrower’s Reservoir,Delta
Several Bald and Golden Eagles
5 spp of geese at Delta Confluence Park (31/12/2017) incl 2 Greater White-fronted Geese
ca1000 Sandhill Cranes, Delta 31/12/2017
Pygmy Nuthatches – sev in Redstone, Pitkin

American and Lesser Goldfinches continue at our backyard feeders, and a single Pine Siskin, along with several Spotted Towhees and the more expected suspects

Best wishes for 2018

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO

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