Date: 8/13/19 12:07 pm From: DAVID A LEATHERMAN <daleatherman...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Best playas for shorebirds, fall migration, 2019
I can respond with negative information: the pond that harbored the Josh Bruening's long-staying Common Gallinule near the Schware Unit of Wellington State Wildlife Area on the north side of Larimer CR60 w of CR3 was completely dry last Sunday (8/11). Morris Res, a little further to the west on the south side of CR60 has a shallow body of water that might be worth checking (it had Wilson's Phalaropes and avocets a month ago). I did not scrutinize this the other day as my mission that date was scouting an upcoming sparrow field trip.
From: <cobirds...> <cobirds...> on behalf of Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:43 AM
To: Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Best playas for shorebirds, fall migration, 2019
Chuck Hundertmark recently posted a note* on COBirds about
promising plains playas that had good habitat and had attracted shorebirds.
Notes like that from other "plains wanderers" (apologies to Pedionomus torquatus) are welcome on Cobirds
and will help wader watchers seek and find.
Joe Roller, Denver
* August 10th There were two Black-bellied Plovers at the Morgan CR 23 & HH playas this afternoon. The birds were spotted on a field trip led by Bran Andres as part of Denver Field Ornithologists’ shorebird workshop.
Shorebird activity appeared to be picking up in the Weld, Logan and Morgan County playas and ponds, though water remains high in some ponds, limiting available shore, and some playas remain dry.
A small pool on Morgan CR23 south of CR II had a plethora of Solitary Sandpipers (10-20).