Date: 5/14/18 2:53 pm
From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: SE Colo 5-11, 12, 13
Understood Joyce, my apology. I've always listed dates when I post, but
this weekend I had 15 locations and 156 species, many which I didn't list
on COBirds but they were all run together in my hand-written checklists...I
ran out of time to better dissect it, but wanted people to know species
seen over the weekend in case there was interest. Good thing I'm not the
COBirds compiler : )
I've listed dates of each sighting, highlighted in blue, below.

Thanks for all you do!

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:13:22 AM UTC-6, Joyce Takamine wrote:

> 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. All Saturday May 12th
>> 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. All Friday
>> May 11th
>> 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. All Friday May
>> 11th

> 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. All Sunday May 13th
>> 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. All Friday May 11th

> 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
>> Sunday May 13th
>> 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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