Date: 11/5/19 8:28 pm
From: Ben S <benrmnp...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] What's the deal on this rare Red-flanked Bluetail in nearby Wyoming?
I went up to Laramie today to try for the Red-flanked Bluetail around 1 pm. No luck. While driving through the spot it was reported, I saw a couple of birders. Asked them if they had any luck, they hadn't. I went to look for a good parking spot. No luck on that. I am driving back through and I see police talking to some people. Now I don't know this for sure, but I assumed one of the neighbors was suspicious of all the people with binos and cameras and called the police. Not wanting to be part of whatever was going on, and since the bird was nowhere to be seen, I decided to accept my loss and head back toward Colorado. I stopped at Turtle Rock on my way back to Colorado. Most notable birds were eight Clark's Nutcrackers and a Golden crowned Kinglet. As for the Red-flanked Bluetail, I think it was a one day wonder. Apparently the Farralone Islands, California, had one on November 3rd. Probably not the same bird. This may be wishful thinking, but maybe we should keep an eye out for one here in Colorado for the next couple weeks!

Ben Sampson

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