Date: 5/21/19 6:01 pm
From: macawolf via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Blue Grosbeaks galore, SE Co
We had a FOS male Blue Grosbeak in our yard in NW CO Springs--which was also a new yard bird (our 120th)--in the wake of this storm. We got about 6" of very wet snow, after mixed rain/sleet/snow yesterday (1.2" total liq. precip. in 24 hrs, much needed). Fun day with birds, including a very early am/hungry magpie pouncing on a house finch, killing & eating it; 3 Mountain Bluebirds, 8 Lesser Goldfinches, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 6 Gray-headed Juncos back down from the higher foothills, 2 Lazuli Buntings, 1 beautiful male Western Tanager, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 3 beautiful male Evening Grosbeaks, a Pine Siskin, Chipping Sparrow, and a Hermit Thrush (one of which was yard bird #119 back on 5/6).
Blue Grosbeak stayed around all day.
Marty WolfNW Colorado Springs


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From: Eric DeFonso <bay.wren...>
To: cobirds <cobirds...>
Sent: Mon, May 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Subject: [cobirds] Blue Grosbeaks galore, SE Co

Perhaps not on the same level as the Western Tanager explosion, but in my last 3 days here in SE Colorado while doing surveys (and birding in between them), I've noticed a distinct uptick in Blue Grosbeaks. In fact I can't remember ever coming across them so frequently virtually everywhere I go. I often spot them milling about in dirt roads, pecking at the gravel or so it seems. At any rate, I've had them in Baca County (Picture Canyon, Carrizo Canyon, dozens on the road to and inside Cottonwood Canyon), Las Animas (Villegreen Rd), and Prowers (several singing and fighting at Lamar CC).
Good birding!
-------Eric DeFonso
near Lyons, Boulder County, CO--
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