Date: 5/23/19 7:46 pm From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...> Subject: [cobirds] Bizarre bird story from Greenlee Preserve; fallout; eBird musings
Earlier this cold and misty Thurs. afternoon, May 23, I saw an *osprey* laboring with a fish it had caught at Waneka Lake, Boulder County. As the bird flew north toward Baseline Road, it was harassed by both an adult *bald eagle* and three *red-tailed hawks.* The osprey dropped the fish, which landed on, and then splattered across, the middle of the busy thoroughfare. All five raptors descended upon the bloodied and still-squirming carcass, briefly stopping traffic in both directions. Never a dull moment around here...
A bit more than 12 hours earlier, I was out in the light rain and could hear a few nocturnal-migrant *Swainson thrushes* over the roar of western chorus frogs and Woodhouse toads singing from Greenlee Reservoir, full of water again at long last.
Daytime birding at the preserve & environs was really good, highlighted by 20+ *Swainson thrushes,* 2 *veeries,* 25+ *clay-colored sparrows,* 2 *gray flycatchers,* a candidate alder flycatche <https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/160499421>r among 3 *Traill flycatchers,* a *northern waterthrush,* *hoodie* and *woody* continuing, a surprising flock of 15 *spotted sandpipers* along the south shore of Waneka Lake (including one spotty that wandered up into the woods by the playground), 2 *snowy egrets,* and 3 tardy *myrtle warblers.* The Greenlee feeding station continues to attract colorful birds, among them *western tanagers,* *Bullock orioles,* *blue-gray gnatsnatchers,* a *gray catbird,* and a lot of *broad-tailed hummingbirds.*