Date: 3/27/18 2:31 pm From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Subject: [cobirds] South Valley Park - Deer Creek area, JeffCo - birds in the snow 3/27
I went out for a while this morning in the South Valley Park and Deer Creek area, Jefferson, to see if last night's 5" inches of new snow brought anything out. I did find *Mountain* and *Western Bluebirds* in moderate numbers (about 40 and 20 respectively) at several places, many flying over. And I found some other birds of interest, coincident with the snow, but likely unrelated:
A *Wilson's Snipe* gave chipping calls from the snow-encrusted marsh at Docmann Gulch in South Valley Park. This was my first of the season there, where they apparently nest.
Then I found an *Eastern Phoebe* along Deer Creek downstream of Grizzly Drive. The bird was foraging right along the creek with snow sloughing off the branches and twigs all around it. A lovely sight.
Then at Buckhorn Road I saw a male *Williamson's Sapsucker* in junipers and pines. This species is unexpected down near the hogbacks, out of the forest in the foothills proper. A *Red Crossbill *flew over.