Date: 5/12/18 5:49 pm
From: Stephen Getty <sgetty...>
Subject: [cobirds] Fountain Creek Spring Count, El Paso County (Parula, Chestnut-sided, some stats, etc.)
COBirders,

28 enthusiastic birders split into 4 groups for the annual Fountain Creek Regional Park spring count. There were good numbers of migrants combining for 80 species. Highlights included Northern Parula and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, Brown Thrasher, and record-high 4 Yellow-breasted Chats.

Compared with count record highs in 2009 and 2011 of 116 species (planets almost aligned....), we were 4.5 species below the 28-year average of 84.5 species for the spring count. Chestnut-sided Warblers and Pintail were recorded for the second time ever on the count. Species high-counts for Pine Siskin and Spotted Towhee were of note.

Thanks to Dianna Beatty for helping with the compilation!

Steve Getty
Colorado Springs

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