Date: 5/14/18 9:13 am
From: Joyce Takamine <jabirujt...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: SE Colo 5-11, 12, 13
Please give specific dates at each site for RBA.
Joyce Takamine

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:40:05 AM UTC-6, Dan Stringer wrote:
>
> I tried to wait until all the good birders and birds had passed through SE
> Colo before I visited, but I ran into a few of both this weekend anyway.
> Highlights in the Carrizo and Cottonwood Canyon area (Baca County) were
> Long-billed Curlew, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, skylarking Cassin's sparrow,
> Black-throated Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Olive-sided Flycatcher,
> Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Bewick's
> Wren, Blue Grosbeak, Black-chinned Hummingbird, a Golden Eagle being
> harassed by a Chihuahuan Raven (amazing size difference), Juniper Titmouse,
> Cassin's Kingbird.
>
> At Hasty Campground (Bent County) highlights were Lazuli Bunting, Indigo
> Bunting, Ovenbird, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat. Melody Tempel
> Grove (Bent) had Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Orange-crowned
> Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Ovenbird, Red-headed Woodpecker.
>
> At Lamar Community College Woods (Prowers County) on Friday evening a
> beautiful Hooded Warbler made a brief but prominent eye-level appearance,
> and near the sign at the north end was a Field Sparrow. Back in there early
> Sunday was light rain, mist and cool, from 6 a.m. to 9 really slow and
> quiet, Northern Cardinal, Mississippi Kites, and three thousand mourning
> Doves. Then it cleared up and got a bit more active, a Black & White
> Warbler (female I think), Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo, still pretty slow.
> As I was leaving, standing between the woods and parking area with trees on
> both sides, a large flock of about 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers came through
> and with them were a Chestnut-sided Warbler, a Mourning Warbler, and a
> stunner Northern Parula. Warblers 30 feet up hopping around between the
> edge of the woods and trees in the grassy area, acting like they were
> famished, it seemed more overwhelming due to the high count of YRWA, but it
> was exciting and dizzying to pick out these three fast-moving special
> warblers...two minutes like that has never quite happened before for me.
>
> On the south side of Thurston Reservoir (Prowers) I heard a Yellow-billed
> Cuckoo, just southeast of there photographed a single Sandhill Crane,
> strolling along in a field of corn stubble? At Neenoshe Reservoir (Kiowa
> County) I saw Snowy Plovers, a Common Tern sitting right next to a
> Bonaparte's Gull, and a flying Forster's Tern. At the Kiowa County side of
> Adobe Creek Reservoir, numerous Yellow Warblers and a Wilson's Warbler were
> in the Tamarisk, assumedly just passing through. At the Bent County side I
> drove all the way around to the end of the public road and took the
> two-track down to the water. While scoping sandpipers I heard a Tern hit
> the water and come up, in my binoculars I strongly thought it may have had
> a yellow bill, but it went quickly up and away, not able to identify. That
> will bring me back.
>
> All in all I saw only a moderate amount of shorebirds on all of the area
> reservoirs, eleven expected species, there was a lot of lonesome shoreline.
> Some nice warblers in the above-mentioned places but it took three
> dawn-to-dark days to find them. More Burrowing Owls than I've ever seen
> along the routes, and more brilliant Bullock's Orioles than I thought
> existed. And really, the highlight of the weekend was not so much birds,
> but rather the amazing Carrizo Canyon which I hiked in both directions from
> the parking area till I was ready to drop. A very wild and beautiful place.
>
> Dan Stringer
> Larkspur, CO
>

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