Date: 8/27/19 5:14 pm From: David Suddjian <dsuddjian...> Subject: [cobirds] Clear Creek Nor. Waterthrush and Eastern Kingbird 8-27
Today I was accompanied by Lynne Miller and Dale Pate on a foray up to Clear Creek County. The Bard Creek Road area near the ponds, south of Empire, had a *Northern Waterthrush* (no other eBird records for the county; we were able to obtain a recording of the call), an *Eastern Kingbird* (eBird shows 2 spring migrant records for county, but none from fall migration), and many other species including scads of *Violet-greens* massed there in migration. Nearby Empire was quite birdy, with *Evening Grosbeaks*, *Cassin's Finches*, *Bullock's Oriole* (no other Aug records in eBird), *Green-tailed Towhee*, and of course, *Red Crossbills*. Crossbills of *Types 2 and 5* were widespread in small parties, with Type 2 more frequently encountered.
Waterbirds were few, as expected. At Bard we noted *Great Blue Heron*, *Green-winged Teal*, *Mallard, kingfisher, *and *Spotted Sandpiper*. Echo Lake had an eclipse male *Nor. Shoveler*, *Mallard*, and the continuing *Barrow's Goldeneye* female and brood, now reduced to 3 two-thirds-grown ducklings (I counted 5 young on 8/6).