Date: 5/13/18 7:11 am From: nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Subject: [wsbn] yard Solitaire--Clark's Grebe at Vega
This morning my Hawthorne tree produced another interesting species for central Grand Junction. A Townsend's Solitaire was feeding on last winter's remnant of berries that are still clinging.
Yesterday, as part of the Migratory Bird Day effort, Doug and Laura Johnston and I birded NE Mesa County-essentially Vega Lake and east. High winds seemed to put a lot of things down, especially on the higher parts of our route as swallows were almost absent. Our best bird at Vega Lake was a single Clark's Grebe. Vega Lake, which two weeks ago had extensive mudflats, is now full.
We managed to coax a response from a single Fox Sparrow near the Buzzard/Muddy divide and Mule Park, but otherwise, the most impressive features were the wind and how dry already are the extensive wetlands in the area.