Date: 11/7/18 4:25 pm From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: [cobirds] Winter Wrens in Larimer on 11/7
I had two Winter Wrens today along the Poudre River south of Prospect Rd. in Fort Collins (Larimer). One was in the Prospect Ponds Natural Area (PPNA) in a general locale where we have had several in years past. If you are taking the paved bike trail from the "Fisherman's Parking Lot" at the extreme south end of Sharp Point Drive, proceed east toward the Environmental Learning Center. The bird was along a dirt social trail that parallels a side channel of the river in the deep woods north of the paved bike trail. One would go north into this woods at the point where Lynn Hull's old rustic wood and adobe blind is now covered with orange netting.
PPNA Winter Wren
The second WIWR was a continuing bird first reported by Joe Mammoser in the Northern Colorado Environmental Center. The bird was south of the southwest corner of the loop trail that goes around the main ELC area. In the southwest corner one comes to the "Human Homes" interpretive sign. East of this sign is a bench. Southwest of the bench is an old river channel and its banks have multiple jumbles of logs and limbs from past flood events. The wren was in these tangles. I heard it "jip" once before I eventually saw it.
ELC Winter Wren
Not much else of note along the river from Prospect south to the ELC today except a marked increase in Cackling Geese (most of them being in the pond along the ELC access road. Joe Mammoser and I checked blackbirds in the Sharp Point feedlot and only saw redwings, Brewer's Blackbirds and starlings (NO rusty blackbird). A sharp-shinned hawk was brunching on a robin e of Liberty Commons School. The black-capped chickadees enjoyed cattail seeds, among other things. A kingfisher caught a crayfish in the ditch along the ELC access road.
Probably the most surprising thing on this rather cold day was a millipede crossing the bike trail. Why did the millipede cross the road? I don't know but there's a joke in there somewhere.