I saw an adult female Rusty Blackbird earlier today, Thursday, Apr. 26, at Waneka Lake, Boulder County. The bird was at the north shore mini-"beach," just beyond the southeast corner of Greenlee Preserve. Also today at the Waneka/Greenlee/Hecla/Thomas ecological complex: Hooded Merganser, American Avocet, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, House Wren, and Orange-crowned Warbler. Earlier in the week at the same site: Wood Duck, Horned Grebe, Broad-winged Hawk, Franklin's Gull, American Pipit, Brewer's Sparrow, and Vesper Sparrow.
A few other Boulder County odds and ends this past week: Greater Scaup (Erie Reservoir, 4/21), Semipalmated Plover (Lagerman, Reservoir, 4/24), Marbled Godwit (Hiram Prince Reservoir No. 2, 4/21), Semipalmated Sandpiper (Cottonwood Marsh, 4/21), and Gray Flycatcher (Bear Creek Trail, 4/22).