Date: 4/8/18 10:16 pm From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: [cobirds] Grandview Cemetery late Sunday 8April2018 (Fort Collins, Larimer)
Late this afternoon (4-6PM) I decided watching the Master's on TV was insufficient exercise and headed to Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. It was fairly warm but quite windy. The clouds seemed to be going two different directions and usually such conditions in the right season have potential to produce interesting birds. Today was no exception.
Turkey Vulture (I estimated 80 but this could be 50% low). They swirled this way and that, often just above tree-top level. With low light and a big dark gray storm backdrop to the east, their black and silver figures were quite dramatic, and somehow fitting for a cemetery. My friend Georgia who lives several blocks east of the cemetery reported 100+ vultures last week, most of which will move on, but dozens will probably try to roost in spruce trees all summer as has been their habit for years. Mountain Avenue south along Washington for a few blocks seems to be the epicenter of activity.
Dark-eyed Junco (big influx, with at least 35 feeding voraciously on unknown seeds along the edge of one particular cemetery road bordered by turf. Mostly they were pink-sided with a fair number of slate-colored and just a few Oregon).
Tree Swallow (2 flying straight north together).
Peregrine Falcon (1) Initially alone, it later mixed in with the vultures for a time before disappearing into the neighborhood to the east.
Brown Creepers and Mountain Chickadee still present. Did not see Pygmy Nuthatches today. Still no male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds heard (had one last year in late March).
Total of 21 species.
Other observations: fox squirrels mostly eating flowers of green ash; a few American elm flowers have burst from their buds; peonies sprouts are about 6 inches tall; dandelions flowering.