Date: 10/21/18 7:51 pm From: Laura Steadman <lauramsteadman...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Re: Ode to Laura Steadman
I'm glad so many of you were able to get out quickly, see the flycatcher
this afternoon, and take hopefully better photos than me! I hope it sticks
around for others to pick up. What a cool bird.
Happy (and lucky!) birding,
On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 7:57 PM Steven Rash <srashchiro...> wrote:
> Here, here! It made up for a frustrating Sprague's Pipit-less jaunt to the
> state line this morning. That's for sure!
> Happy Birding,
> Steve Rash
> Denver Co.
> On Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:48:03 PM UTC-6, William Kaempfer wrote:
>> With these simple words at 2:49 p.m., Laura Steadman made lots of people
>> happy this afternoon:
>> “While looking at the stilt sandpiper and plover (both still present),
>> happened to catch site of a fork-tailed flycatcher on the western shore.
>> Currently viewing.”
>> It takes three things to make real birding news—finding a great bird,
>> identifying that great bird, and getting the word out. Laura had the
>> hat-trick today. Well, it takes a great bird, too, I guess. After a
>> frustrating, one-observer report of Fork-tailed Flycatcher in mid-September
>> that, I believe, was a first state record for Colorado, this was a species
>> that was on a lot of our minds. A bird to dream about, with its snappy
>> black and white body, and that long, long, long tail. Perhaps the only
>> austral migrant (breeds south migrates north and sometimes gets to North
>> America) semi-regularly seen in the US, this is a bird of interest anywhere
>> north of Mexico. I think it is even the story bird behind the cover of
>> John Vanderpoel’s soon to be published recounting of his North American Big
>> Year in 2011, *Full Chase Mode*. And chase we did.
>> I made it to Prince #2 at about 3:15 p.m., and there were already 8 other
>> birders present. It took a little while to re-find the bird, but we slowly
>> starting thinking that the best strategy might be to walk out on the former
>> County Road 111 in order to be below the dam for best viewing
>> opportunities.. After Peter Burke saw it flying somewhere off to the north
>> of Prince #2, we all began walking that way; groups of us, handfuls of us,
>> dozens of us, scores of us, hundreds of us. Trying to count how many
>> birders were there was like trying to count the number of Western Grebes
>> currently on Union Reservoir, a little bit to the northwest. There was
>> Loch Kilpatrick, and there Mark Chavez. Oh, and Rachel Hopper, and Carl
>> Bendorf, and Bill Schmoker, and Gwen Moore, and Joey Kellner, and Glenn
>> Walbeck, and on and on. Steve Larson and Edie Israel were there, and they
>> fly out South Africa at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning! I bet even the
>> Widowbirds down there won’t be as thrilling.
>> This is not the first time modest, little Prince Lake #2 in eastern
>> Boulder County has made birding news. Way back on October 26, 1975,
>> then-Boulder birder Bruce Webb found what I believe to be the first state
>> record of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Prince #2. This bird elicited the
>> famous comment from Colorado birding icon, Harold Holt, “It isn’t a
>> Sharp-tailed Sandpiper until the Colorado Bird Records Committee says it is
>> a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper”. (fide, Peter Gent). Hey—another great bird
>> during the last 10 days of October. And the year before that, what must
>> have been the first state record of Baird’s Sparrow on, wait for this,
>> October 29, 1974. Prince #2 has also had Red Phalarope, Iceland (Iceland)
>> Gull, and Eurasian Wigeon, and just over the hill at Prince #1 there is
>> still a Yellow-billed Loon somewhere at the bottom of the pond, but that’s
>> a different story.
>> Then last week’s wind-focused fallout brought American Golden Plovers to
>> us, all over the Front Range--but importantly to this story, to Prince #2.
>> A couple of plovers made themselves easy to see in the soft, nourishing mud
>> along the south shore of the small agriculture reservoir, and many went to
>> Prince #2 for their year, state, life, county, or whatever AGPL. David
>> Waltman notes that this was the start of our own Patagonia Roadside Rest
>> stop phenomenon. Those plovers brought Laura Steadman out at 2:48 this
>> afternoon. Well, if the truth be told, I stopped at Prince #2 at 9:55 this
>> morning. So, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher must have arrived between 9:55 and
>> 2:48 (insert smiley face here).
>> Thanks, Laura from 100 Colorado birders, and then some. And, somebody
>> remember to go out there at the end of next October.
>> Bill Kaempfer
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