Date: 5/12/18 7:18 pm From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> Subject: [cobirds] Fox Ranch, Yuma County, May 12
As John Rawinski mentioned earlier, The Nature Conservancy conducted a
"bird blitz" of its Colorado preserves earlier today, Saturday, May 12.
With Michele Battiste, Lauryn Wachs, and Andrew Floyd, plus a cameo (and a
valuable assist) from a former mayor of Yuma, I birded the Conservancy's
Fox Ranch in Yuma County. The weather was wretchèd (drizzle, mist, and fog,
with a cold north wind), but the birding was great. We started at 3:40 am,
when Swainson's Thrushes on nocturnal migration woke up Andrew and me.
That, and a cold, wet cat trying to get into our tent. The race was on.
We found 94 species on the ranch, including 4 Greater Prairie-Chickens, 1
Cattle Egret, 2 Upland Sandpipers, 1 Long-billed Curlew, 1 Forster's Tern,
5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 8 Least Flycatchers, 2
Eastern Phoebes, 1 Carolina Nuthatch, 1 Eastern Bluebird, 18 Swainson's
Thrushes (not including nocturnal migrants), 20 Brown Thrashers, 1 McCown's
Longspur, 2 Ovenbirds, 1 Palm Warbler, 40 Clay-colored Sparrows, 1 Field
Sparrow, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 4 Lincoln's Sparrows, 10 Lazuli
Buntings, 2 Orchard Orioles, and 45 Pine Siskins.
On the way back, we stopped off at Last Chance, Washington County, where we
found a Northern Waterthrush and a smattering of expected migrants. We're
still cold, but it's a good cold.