Date: 1/3/18 12:14 am
From: Nicholas Komar <quetzal65...>
Subject: [cobirds] Loveland CBC highlights
The 18th Loveland CBC was held on Jan 1, with 50 participants divided into 20 teams plus a couple feeder watchers. The total species was 109 (previous high was 106, one year ago), with an additional 9 species recorded during Count Week so far.

Species new to the count were: Red-necked Grebe (at Carter Lake and Greenridge Glade Reservoir), Glaucous-winged Gull (Carter Lake), Dunlin (along a private section of the Big Thompson River), and Three-toed Woodpecker (Bobcat Ridge Natural Area). Other rare species recorded only once before were: Snow Bunting (Carter Lake south end), Pine Warbler (Wild Horse Condominiums) and Lincoln’s Sparrow (private feeder).

Notable high counts were: Canvasback (40), Ring-necked Duck (742), Ruddy Duck (132), Wild Turkey (199), American Coot (1305), Herring Gull (250), Lesser Black-backed Gull (17), White-breasted Nuthatch (55), Golden-crowned Kinglet (14), Red-winged Blackbird (2520). Unexpected misses were few (Harris’s Sparrow, Clark’s Nutcracker, Wilson’s Snipe-Count week only).

Additional rare species observed during Count Week (which ends Jan 4) include: American Woodcock (Bobcat Ridge Natural Area), Black-legged Kittiwake (Carter Lake), Snowy Owl (near Berthoud) and Curve-billed Thrasher (private feeder).

Many thanks to the participants, team leaders and our institutional supporters.

Nick Komar, compiler
Loveland CBC

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