Date: 10/15/18 9:42 am From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> Subject: [cobirds] Yesterday's golden-plover event--and a question for Bryan Guarente
American Golden-Plovers were reported from eleven (11) sites in Colorado yesterday, Sunday, Oct. 14. To put that in perspective, there were two (2) previous reports for Colorado in 2018: one (1) in Washington County, Sept. 4-8, and one (1) in Kiowa County, Sept. 18.
The previous analysis is based on eBird data-mining.
When one ponders such matters, one's thoughts turn instantly to Bryan Guarente. Bryan, what caused this? The snow, obviously. But why this particular snowfall? And why this particular species?
Ted Floyd Lafayette, Boulder County
P.s. Other than an American Golden-Plover, goodies yesterday in the general vicinity of Waneka Lake, Boulder County, included an Eastern Bluebird, hundreds of southbound Sandhill Cranes, two Hermit Thrushes, FOS Gray-headed and Pink-sided juncos, FOS Townsend's Solitaire, a Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's and Orange-crowned warblers, a getting-latish flock of 15 Lesser Goldfinches, and a Wood Duck.
P.p.s. This Monday morning, Oct. 15, a quick stop at the Legion Park overlook revealed the Valmont Reservoir complex to be very birdy, harboring a Sanderling, a Semipalmated Plover, a couple dozen Mountain Bluebirds, and distant gulls, geese, and grebes galore. It would be very much worth the effort, I suspect, to walk in from Red Deer Drive and watch from the Open Space tract beyond the end of the road.