Date: 1/6/19 1:41 am
From: Thomas Heinrich <teheinrich...>
Subject: [cobirds] Rosy-Finches, Ward, Boulder Cty, 1/5
I enjoyed the beautiful mild weather today by taking a bike ride up to Ward. To my surprise a flock of 100-150 rosy-finches was circling and landing in some tall spruce trees as I arrived in lower Ward at 1:30. They departed quickly, before I had the chance to identify individual species. After searching the upper portion of town for feeders and any bird activity, and not finding much at all, I returned around 2:30 and found a smaller flock of about 50 rosy-finches in the same trees. There were both Gray-crowned (including Hepburn’s) and Brown-capped, but no Black that I could find.

Local Boulder sightings since the new year:

8 Western Bluebirds (west side of Wonderland Lake)
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow (east side of Wonderland Lake)
The lake is approximately 90% frozen, but still hosting many Redheads, Am Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Canada and Cackling geese, and very few other species (1 Am Coot, and on 1/1 one female goldeneye).

1 Merlin, Dakota Ridge

2 Woodhouse’s Scrub Jays, Lee Hill Rd just west of 5th St

Multiple visits of up to 5 Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in N Boulder.

Good birding,

Thomas Heinrich
Boulder, CO

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