Date: 5/14/18 4:32 pm
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: SE Colo 5-11, 12, 13

Dear CO Birders,

I have noticed several recent reports of Mourning Warblers in Colorado.
Any recordings of singing males would be extremely valuable contributions
to my study of how different song populations of this species migrates
toward their respective regions of the breeding range.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Professor, Biology Department

Chair, Environmental Stewardship Committee

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102 Voice: 603 641 7397


On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:40:05 AM UTC-4, 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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