Date: 11/21/17 2:00 pm From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Pacific Loon, Lesser Black-backed Gull - Lake Hattie, 11/21
I birded the Plains Lakes west of Laramie this morning. Things were fairly slow until I got to Lake Hattie, where the wind was calm and the water glassy for the first time I can ever remember. I was able to find a Pacific Loon loafing in the middle of the lake, along with an extremely distant adult Lesser Black-backed Gull on the far shore. There were several hundred other gulls scattered along the far shore as well, almost all too far away to identify, so it will be worth while to make a return trip in search of other rarities when the lake starts to ice over and the birds are (hopefully) forced closer to the south shore.
Also nice were two flyover Common Redpolls, my first of the winter.
Date: 11/21/17 10:04 am From: Dave Mead <0000035082ac4fbf-dmarc-request...> Subject: Green River Blue Jays
My wife and I had two Blue Jay sightings in Green River, WY, yesterday (11/20/17). Although the observations were across town from each other, it could have been the same bird. Either way, it's the first time that we've seen a Blue Jay here, so we're happy!
Date: 11/20/17 12:51 pm From: Kendra David <000004ea7a81524d-dmarc-request...> Subject: CSU Field Ornithologist Club Fundraiser
Hello WyobirdersI am a Wyoming resident, currently attending Colorado State University (CSU) as a graduate student. I am a birder and a member of the CSU Field Ornithologists. We are raising funds to send members of our group to Trinidad for spring break birding. If you choose to donate there are goodies to be had, such as stickers, t-shirts and audio recordings.
$25BronzeReceive a free CSUFO Sticker!$50Silver LevelReceive a free CSUFO Sticker and a free CSUFO T-Shirt designed by our very own Megan Miller!$100Gold LevelReceive a free CSUFO Sticker, a free CSUFO T-shirt, and a free copy of an Audio CD or MP3 file with nature recordings by Listening Lab Director Dr. Jacob Job!$150Platinum LevelReceive all of the gifts of the other donation levels PLUS an exclusive CD of nature recordings by Dr. Jacob Job while in Trinidad!
More than a dozen intrepid students and staff from Colorado State University have banded together for an expedition of biological discovery to the tropical island of Trinidad in mid-March of 2018, and we are asking for your help to make this possible.
Founded by undergraduates as CSU's premiere birding and avian ecology student organization in January of 2015, CSU Field Ornithologists offers undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty numerous opportunities to connect with other bird enthusiasts and learn about ornithology through local and inter-state birding trips, expert seminars on recent research and conservation efforts, workshops, citizen science volunteering, and more. We have fostered a passion for birds in numerous new birders and built links between CSU and the northern Colorado birding community.
And now for the first time we are offering members of the CSU Community an incredible opportunity to experience tropical ecosystems unlike any place in Northern Colorado. Our group includes students from multiple disciplines, from freshmen to seniors, and individuals who have never had the opportunity to leave the United States. This experience will change particiants' lives, providing unique opportunities to see fabled tropical landscapes from rain-forests to savannas to Caribbean estuaries, experience Caribbean food and culture, and witness the anthropogenic influences that impact some of the most bio-diverse places on our planet.
Your donation will benefit the holistic education of CSUFO's participants and facilitate the most ambitious project of one of the most passionate, earnest, and active student organizations at our university. Our expenses include approximately $700/person for round trip airfare, $1360 for lodging at Hamgel Field Station, $1600 for a week of food for all participants, and between $1000 and $2000 for transportation around the island. This is a total cost of $1054 for each of 14 participants, or $14,760 for the whole group.
Participants will contribute significantly, however the trip is only feasible with the generous donations of friends, family, and supporters of CSU Field Ornithologists' efforts to build a new generation of young Colorado birders. If each of our 14 participants found ten good friends or family members who donated $50, we could meet our $7000 goal and fund 50% of everyone's costs!
$25 -- Bronze Level: Receive a free CSUFO Sticker!
$50 -- Silver Level: Receive a free CSUFO Sticker and T-Shirt!
$100 -- Gold Level: Receive the CSUFO Sticker, T-Shirt, and a a free copy of CSU Listening Lab Director Jacob Job's Audio CD of Serene Soundscapes from across the Western US and a CSUFO Sticker!
$150 -- Platinum Level: Receive all of the above gifts, plus a specially prepared Audio CD of recordings by Jacob Job while in Trinidad!
https://www.gofundme.com/CSUFOTrinidad Look to the bottom of this page for an in-depth description of the soundscapes audio files offered by Dr. Jacob Job!
Dr. Jacob Job, director of CSU's Listening Lab. See below for a description of the audio files he is offerring as a gift for Gold and Platinum Level Donors!
We are working hard to fundraise in other ways as well:
1. We are working as parking management at CSU football homegames. We have already invested 101 total hours, earning $1010.
2. We are working for Ramride, a CSU service that provides students safe rides home from late nights out. We will gain at least $500 from this effort.
Further Information about this fundraiser and this group:
Colorado State University Field Ornithologists is a registered student organization through the Registered Student Organization Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) at Colorado State University. We are entirely student run and directed, and all funds from this fundraising effort go into a secure club bank account.
We are working with our advisor, Dr. Cameron Ghalambor, to ensure the highest quality and most educationally enriching experience for participants. We are working with CSU's Office of International Programs to ensure participants are safe and medically insured during the entire trip.
Our student organization strives to provide a unique public service to members of the CSU community. Each semester we host up to three guest speakers on campus. Guest speakers are experts from the fields of ornithology, conservation, and ecology. Seminars provide CSU students irreplaceable opportunities to meet and learn from the leaders in avian ecology and conservation. Past speakers have included Brad Andres (National Coordinator of the US Shorebird Conservation Plan), Scott Rashid(Directer and Founder of Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute CARRI), Eva Mathews (Program Manager at Hog Island, National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program), Christian Hagenlocher (2016 ABA Big Year Record-Breaking Birder), Scientists at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies such as Luke Georgeand Jenny Berven, local community experts such as Dave Leatherman, Ted Floyd and Bill Schmocker, and faculty and researchers at CSU such as Cameron Ghalambor, Liba Pejchar, Chris Kozakiewicz, Maybelline Gamboa, and Andrew Bankert.
Our organization's birding trips are advertised widely to the campus community, and new birders are encouraged and mentored. We offer trips from local half-day outings around Fort Collins and the northern Front Range to multi-day inter-state journeys at bargain prices so all students can participate regardless of their financial situation. Through our organization, numerous freshmen and international students have gained novel perspectives on the landscape outside of Fort Collins, allowing them to better appreciate the natural heritage of their new home. The benefit of providing free wheels to those without their own vehicles cannot be understated.
Our organization is highly adept at organizing large trips. We led a group to the Central Valley of Nebraska to see Sandhill Cranes and Greater Prairie Chickens. We led a group to Bosque del Apache NWR and Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. We led a group to numerous national parks between California and Utah on an eight day camping excursion. We worked hard to fund-raise so all these trips could be offered at under $100 for each participant. We have held bake sales, run birdathon competitions, and sold immense quantities of used furniture to make these things happen.
Our group collaborates with organizations from around Northern Colorado to enhance the connection between CSU and the local community. We have collaborated with Colorado Birders' Gary Lefko on multiple educational Raptor Identification Trips, Bird Conservancy's Meredith McBurney on multiple educational trips to learn about bird banding research, and curators Garth Spellman and Jeff Stephenson at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on two educational tours of the museum ornithology collections and specimen preparation facilities. For two years in a row we brought CSU students together with birders from Denver Field Ornithologists to search for Boreal Owls on Cameron Pass. We have collaborated with faculty in the CSU Art Department to organize a very popular bird sketching workshop for dozens of CSU students. We are currently working on establishing collaboration with Fort Collins Audubon on community bird education projects. For two years we have been running a student-powered survey of window-strike killed birds around CSU's campus, which may soon inform a new policy in Associated Students of CSU (elected student government) to reduce bird strikes at especially dangerous windows on campus.
Beginning in January of 2017, CSUFO began organizing volunteers for citizen science projects in the community. We have facilitated several students, faculty, and Fort Collins community members to become involved in Raptor Monitoring at Lory State Park for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. We organized ten students to volunteer for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies' Eastern Screech Owl Monitoring along the Poudre River. We also organized volunteers to help with the Bird Conservancy's Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Barr Lake in 2017! In total, CSUFO volunteers have contributed more than 250 hours to these efforts.
Audio CD Offerred by Dr. Jacob Job for Gold Level Donations and Above:
1. Howling Wolves in Winter—Yellowstone National Park, WY
2. Wetland Evening Chorus in Spring—Cape Disappointment State Park, WA
3. Snow Melt Run-off—Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
4. Afternoon Thunderstorm in the Mountains—Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
5. Songbirds at Dawn along the Front Range—Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Fort Collins, CO
6. Summer Evening Campfire and Wildlife Chorus—Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN
7. Howling Coyotes and Dawn Chorus—Mesa Verde National Park, CO
8. Fall Elk Rut and Coyote—Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Sounds of nature are relaxing and enjoyable to most everyone. Hearing the howl of a wolf, the steady flow of a mountain stream, or a chorus of birds as the world awakens can bring back memories of fond experiences and make us long for our next great adventure. However, we are not always able to escape outside as often as we like. Fortunately, this digital album of nature sounds from around the country can acoustically place you in wilderness just by slipping on a pair of headphones and hitting the ‘play’ button.
This series of nature recordings will take you on a year-long acoustical adventure around the country through some of the United States’ most treasured protected lands. You’ll start by listening to howling wolves in Yellowstone National Park in January before moving up to the Pacific Northwest in April, where you’ll get to hear the sounds of eagles, owls, frogs, and songbirds come together to form an evening chorus like you’ve never experienced! Next you’ll travel to Rocky Mountain National Park in June to listen to the sound of fresh snow melt running through a mountain stream, as well as a slowly moving thunderstorm echoing through the mountains. As summer gets into full swing, you’ll wake up with songbirds along the Front Range of Colorado and go to sleep with the sounds of a campfire accompanied by a chorus of insects, frogs, owls, loons, beavers, and a different group of songbirds from the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota. Finally, you’ll move to Mesa Verde National Park in late summer, listening to a pair of coyotes howl through the night and into the morning where they are joined by a chorus of songbirds, before traveling back to and ending in Rocky Mountain National Park during the fall, listening to the sounds of the elk rut going full force right near the microphones, with bulls chasing cows, bugling, and fighting with each other, all the while joined by a calling coyote!
This series of recordings will be accompanied by a short write up for each track, including information about the time of year, location, species present, and a short description of the area and event. Audio can delivered via a digital download, a series of CDs, or both. As with all nature recordings, these are best enjoyed by wearing headphones or by sitting within a stereo arrangement of speakers.
Date: 11/18/17 2:22 pm From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: White-throated Sparrow and Lapland Longspurs - Laramie
Along with a skiff of fresh snow at my parents house in Laramie this morning, we had a brief visit from a White-throated Sparrow - a first for the yard. Photo in my eBird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40571799. Later in the morning, my sister and I tried to bird Hutton Lake but were repelled by the 45mph wind and accompanying ground blizzard. A flock of 9 Lapland Longspurs along the Sand Creek Road were a nice consolation prize, though.
Sorry for the late posting. Bob Hargis, Wanda Major, Sharon Orange and I went birding yesterday at the Goose Ponds on the Reservation, to Ocean Lake and at Bob's house.We got to see a duck we didn't expect to see. It was a nice surprise. Bob got some good pictures of it. We saw:
Red tailed hawk
Starlings (doing their flock flying)
Rough legged hawk (at least 10 or more)
Pied billed grebe
Green winged teal
Tundra Swans ( about 38)
Trumpeter swans (about 8)
Long tailed duck (one we didin"t expect to see. Bob got good pictures of him)
Ring necked duck
Ring billed gull
Red breasted merganser
Eurasian collared dove
Red winged blackbird (female)
Northern shrike (trying to get some sparrows)
Black capped chickadee
And one questionable duck. It looked like a cross between a shoveler and a cinnamon teal
Good birding to all
Bob Hargis, Wanda Major, Sharon Orange, and Debbie Wagner
Date: 11/15/17 11:23 am From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Hutton Lake NWR: White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, other goodies
I spent several enjoyable hours this unseasonably warm, calm November morning birding Hutton Lake NWR southwest of Laramie. The entrance gate is closed and locked (I assume for the winter?), so one has to walk a couple of miles to thoroughly cover the refuge, but there are good birds out there if you don't mind the exercise!
I had a single Long-tailed Duck and two White-winged Scoters on Hutton Lake proper, along with a flock of 19 Tundra Swans consisting of six immatures and 13 adults. Perhaps even more surprising than the unusual waterfowl, however, was a single Black-bellied Plover apparently finding something to feed on along the shoreline! After consulting *Birds of Wyoming *and eBird, this looks like the latest record for the state by almost a week.
Also encouraging to see were several flyover flocks of "ground birds," including a Lapland Longspur, several Snow Buntings, and a couple dozen Gray-crowned Rosy Finches.
Date: 11/13/17 2:26 pm From: Barb GORGES <bgorges4...> Subject: Submit comments about Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plan by Nov. 27
My latest Bird Banter column, published Nov. 12 in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, is about the threat to the Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. It covers some of the details, resources for more information, and exactly how you can submit a comment to BLM. Comments are due by Nov. 27. Feel free to forward this information to everyone who cares about sage-grouse.
Published Nov. 12, 2017, in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle:
"Wyoming's Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plan is in jeopardy"
By Barb Gorges
Wyoming successfully addressed the sage-grouse issue through a collaboration of state and local government, sportsmen, conservationists, the oil and gas industry, and agricultural interests.
Over six years, the state was able to draw up a plan to establish protected core areas of habitat. Good habitat is the best protection for this species, which has declined 30 percent across the west since 1985.
The plan leaves a large majority of Wyoming open to oil and gas and other development.
In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said state plans across the west were good enough that it wouldn't start proceedings to list the sage-grouse as threatened or endangered.
Here in Wyoming, the Sage-Grouse Implementation Team, headed by Bob Budd, is working hard. The team represents all the previous collaborators.
However, the new federal administration is intent on dismantling anything that happened under the previous president. It tasked new U.S. Department of Interior secretary Ryan Zinke with reviewing all state sage-grouse plans to either toss them or amend them.
None of the collaborators on Wyoming's plan are happy with this-including the oil and gas people who desire certainty for their business plans. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is not happy either.
I went to the Bureau of Land Management's public meeting Nov. 6 in Cheyenne to find out more about the proposed amendments to Wyoming's plan.
I heard these criticisms:
--Switching to using sage-grouse population numbers to determine an oil and gas producer's ability to drill and plan for mitigation (more sage-grouse, more leniency) would leave companies with a lot of unwanted uncertainty. Sage-grouse numbers vary enormously from year to year due to weather and other natural effects.
--Basing conservation plans on sage-grouse population numbers rather than habitat would discount the 350-plus other species that depend on the sagebrush ecosystem, including 22 "species of conservation concern."
--Messing around with the plan could cause U.S. Fish and Wildlife to decide the sage-grouse warrants listing after all. That would close much more land to oil and gas drilling, as well as coal mining and other mineral extraction.
--The current Republican administration thinks states should have more say in issues like this, and the six years of collaboration Wyoming went through is a perfect example of how it can happen. Ironically, it's the Republicans in Washington who now decree they know what is best for us.
--Wyoming's conservation plan has been in effect for only two years-not enough time to gauge success. Instituting major changes now would cost a lot of taxpayer money that could be better spent in the field.
BLM invites us to comment during their scoping process. They want to know if we think they should amend the management plans that were developed by the states to protect sage-grouse.
They don't make it easy, says my husband, a retired BLM wildlife biologist.
Go to http://bit.ly/GRSGplanning (case-sensitive). Click on "Documents and Reports." This will give you a list of documents. Only "GRSG Notice of Intent" is available for commenting. "GRSG" is ornithological shorthand using initial letters of the parts of the bird's common name.
After you read the document, click on "Comment on Document." You'll have to fill in the title of the document you are commenting on: "GRSG Notice of Intent." And then you have 60 minutes to finish the procedure or everything you've written disappears. You may want to compose your comments elsewhere and then paste them in.
The deadline for comments is either Nov. 27 or Nov. 30-there's a discrepancy in BLM's handouts from the public meeting. Go with the earlier date if you can.
To educate yourself before commenting, you can visit the Wyoming State BLM office in Cheyenne, 5353 Yellowstone Road, or contact Erica Husse, 307-775-6318, <ehusse...><mailto:<ehusse...>, or Emmet Pruss, 307-775-6266, <epruss...><mailto:<epruss...>.
But if you are most interested in what is best for sage-grouse, it may be easier to jump to the analysis provided by conservation groups like the National Audubon Society, www.audubon.org/sage-grouse<https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flonetree.us8.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3Dbadc6a2cbafa66e1bf1a64290%26id%3D295658f04e%26e%3D1edffabe9c&data=02%7C01%<7Cbgorges4...>%7Caf1fbf471de24460d82b08d5245de002%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636454907957130423&sdata=1CA02qYINJns7LzJVn5pURP6WOtQMfFJcJdFMoH4JHc%3D&reserved=0>. The former Audubon Wyoming executive director Brian Rutledge was instrumental in the Wyoming collaboration and is still involved as NAS's director of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative.
Two other interested groups are Wyoming Wildlife Federation, http://wyomingwildlife.org/, and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, https://wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org/.
All three organizations offer simple digital form letters that can be personalized, and they will send them to BLM. However, BLM says it gives more credence to comments sent via their own online form.
I hope you can take a few minutes to put in a good word for the bird that maybe should be our state mascot.
Next month I'll look at what the Wyoming State Legislature did last session that may also negatively affect sage-grouse.
Trifectas seem to be rife of late... here we have our first Steller's jay join our visiting Pinyon jay and 4 Blue jays at black oil sunflower seeds Bob and Suzanne Hargis West of Riverton on Wind River
After enjoying some delicious Costa Rican turnovers (available at the UW student union until 1:00 pm today) I was treated to a brief sighting of a White-winged Crossbill calling from a spruce outside the Engineering Building.
Date: 11/12/17 11:43 am From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Re: Laramie—Black Scoter
The single Black Scoter and three White-winged Scoters continued on Lake
Hattie this morning. George and I had fairly close looks at both from the
main parking lot and the dam at the east end of the reservoir. No sign of
the Long-tailed Duck on Twin Buttes Reservoir, although it was quite windy
by the time we got there and we didn't go out to the western parking lot to
scan from there. A big thank you to Cody and Libby for finding these birds
and reporting them for others to see!
On Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM, Libby Megna <lcmegna...> wrote:
> Sorry this got bounced because I tried to attach a photo. BLACK SCOTER and
> white-winged scoter at Lake Hattie earlier this morning.
> Begin forwarded message:
> > From: Libby Megna <lcmegna...>
> > Date: November 11, 2017 at 09:17:55 MST
> > To: <WYOBIRDS...>
> > Subject: Laramie—Black Scoter
> > There is a Black Scoter and White-winged Scoters at the east end of Lake
> Hattie. Also found by Cody Porter. Photo attached.
> > Libby
> > Laramie, Albany Co.
Birdied keyhole reservoir today. West end is beginning to freeze over. On east side observe a common and a pacific loon present. Bonaparte gulls and ring-billed gulls observes. Waterfowl numbers way Dow.
Sorry this got bounced because I tried to attach a photo. BLACK SCOTER and white-winged scoter at Lake Hattie earlier this morning.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Libby Megna <lcmegna...>
> Date: November 11, 2017 at 09:17:55 MST
> To: <WYOBIRDS...>
> Subject: Laramie—Black Scoter
> There is a Black Scoter and White-winged Scoters at the east end of Lake Hattie. Also found by Cody Porter. Photo attached.
> Laramie, Albany Co.
Date: 11/10/17 2:35 pm From: Zachariah Hutchinson <zachsbirdnerds...> Subject: Sweet Birding in Natrona County
Hey Everyone, I’ve gone almost two months without picking up my ‘nocs...
until this week. It was a good decision.
This morning at Goldeneye several great birds were bringing me great joy:
Iceland Gull (recently Thayer’s Gull was lumped into Iceland... boooo)
Ross’s Goose - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 6
Then, after the birding hotline went crazy, a group of birders showed up at
Grey Reef. I will let someone else report on the two interesting ducks
there, but I will provide a MEGA for Wyoming as I had a GLAUCOUS-WINGED
GULL flyover before the hunters began tearing up the silence above the dam.
I got two state birds today, and I will always smile big on days like that.
Zach Hutchinson, Master Bander
Facebook: Flocking Around
Murie Audubon Society, President
Audubon Rockies, Community Naturalist
Date: 11/7/17 8:11 am From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...> Subject: Bohemian Waxwing and Common Grackle in Laramie
Two birds of note this morning following the night's snow in Laramie, one slightly late and the other just a bit early. First, there was a Common Grackle sitting in the top of one of the big cottonwoods above the house this morning, although it flew off without stopping for sunflower seeds at the feeder. Then, I spotted a small flock of ten Cedar Waxwings accompanied by a single Bohemian Waxwing. They were feeding on crabapples from the fruit-laden tree on the corner of 22nd St. and Thornburgh Ave. Photos of the waxwing are in my eBird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40359557.
Date: 11/6/17 8:51 am From: Ann Hines <annhines12...> Subject: scoter
Thanks to Betty Rickman Sarah, Tel Baird and I had 7 White-wing Scoters at Goldeneye yesterday. There were LOTS of Coots. Also the Tundra Swans that Chris reported along with a wide variety of ducks. Ann in Casper
Date: 11/6/17 7:47 am From: Elizabeth Boehm <eboehmphoto...> Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
I was just out walking my dog at the Fremont Lake Campground in Pinedale and had several flocks (probably around 200 birds)
of Bohemian Waxwings. Also had a small flock of Snow Geese fly over earlier in the week and noticed a flock of ap. 50 Rosy Finches.
Date: 11/5/17 7:27 pm From: Todd Jensen <gyrfalcon...> Subject: Keyhole reservoir and south along US 85
Border keyhole reservoir today some large flocks of waterfowl. out on west side as well as some hunter . East side water fowl present now as numerous.
5000 snow geese between on reservoir and migrating flocks. As well as 2 Ross’s geese. Common loon present , horned grebe, canvasback, 77 hooded mergansers, red-breasted merganser, Bonaparte gulls, and a herring gull. To name a few on keyhole. Along us 85 between Newcastle and mule junction on a reservoir large number of waterfowl had stopped over, for its size. Notable were 37 hooded mergansers, 5 cackling geese, 2 northern pintails and 15 greater white fronted geese.
Date: 11/5/17 10:26 am From: Chris Michelson <0000001af3511208-dmarc-request...> Subject: migrant waterfowl
Greetings birders The weather did bring in some migrant waterfowl. At Goldeneye reservoir there was a small group of tundra swans at the far east end. At the two JTL ponds there were all three species of merganser, one common loon, one common goldeneye, northern shovelers, lesser scaup, ruddy ducks, bufflehead, reheads, ring-necked ducks and eared, horned and western grebes. The gull flock included a couple of herring gulls. Good birding to all. Chris Michelson Casper, WY
Date: 11/5/17 6:51 am From: dt <000000605737ba0c-dmarc-request...> Subject: Snow geese and yard birds in Laramie
Good morning all,Had a skein of over 300 snow geese fly over my house in Laramie this morning at 6. Also still have the two white-breasted nuthatches at my feeders, as well as red-breasted nuthatches, lots of pine siskins, house finches, mountain chickadees, American goldfinches, dark-eyed juncos, and a northern flicker. Also, of course, the ubiquitous house sparrows and Eurasian collared doves. A small flock of American robins moved through the yard this morning as well, noisily searching for the few ash and Russian hawthorne berries left on the trees, and I heard a small flock of cedar waxwings fly over.
Good birding to all,Diane T in Laramie
Date: 11/3/17 3:28 pm From: Barb GORGES <bgorges4...> Subject: Cheyenne Audubon Nov. 18 field trip: Colorado Front Range Lakes
Contact: Barb Gorges, 307-634-0463
Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society
For immediate release, Nov. 3, 2017
Cheyenne Audubon plans birdwatching field trip Nov. 18 to Colorado Front Range lakes
Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society members plan a birdwatching field trip Nov. 18 to Colorado's Front Range lakes, from Wellington to Windsor, to look for waterfowl. People with all levels of birding expertise are welcome. The trip is free and the public is invited.
Participants will leave from the Lions Park Children's Village parking lot at 8 a.m. Carpooling may be available. Expect to return to Cheyenne about 1 p.m.
Please contact Mark for more information, 307-287-4953, and to be on the list of participants to be notified of any change in plans due to weather.
See the chapter's November newsletter posted at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com<https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/>.
Hi Everyone, Cody Porter and I just finished a trip out to Twin Buttes and Lake Hattie outside Laramie and among the usual assortment of diving ducks, we found 2 surf scoters, 1 white-winged scoter, and 4 Tundra Swans on Twin Butttes. With that run of luck we headed over to Hattie where we picked out 3 Pacific Loons from the (many) commons as well! Rounding all of that out, there were Bonaparte's gulls at both lakes and the Rough-legs have finally shown up again - we spotted several while driving out there and back. Things may be cooling down but at least there's still a few good birds moving through!
Date: 10/27/17 1:18 pm From: Chuck Seniawski <000000156665bc53-dmarc-request...> Subject: Cheyenne Country Club
Pretty much a routine (cold) day today, until almost the end, when a mixed flock of about 18 small birds flew across our path, landed in some pine trees next to the path and entertained us for several minutes as they foraged in the trees and on the ground -- mostly Pygmy Nuthatches, but also a couple Mountain Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches. (Pygmy Nuthatches are not all that common around here, and certainly not in these numbers, so this was a wonderful treat.)
Hi all,After going from windy but pleasant days earlier this week to a chilly drizzly freeze with snow showers and smoky air from the massive landfill fire this morning, a few species indicative of the unsettled weather showed up in town, including a small black bear in an aspen tree in a yard in west Laramie, and, in my yard, a morose-looking hunched-up common grackle, a number of dark-eyed juncos (they have been coming for several weeks now), mountain chickadees (regulars at my feeders), and a white-breasted nuthatch. The nuthatch is the first since in 16 years at this house. I have often had red-breasteds in the past 6 years or so, but never white-breasted. So a nice surprise. Of course the house finches, house sparrows, Eurasian collared doves, and crows also are out in force, looking for feeder tidbits.
Good birding to all,
Diane T in Laramie
Date: 10/24/17 6:47 pm From: Chris Michelson <0000001af3511208-dmarc-request...> Subject: sparrows
Greetings birders A visit to Reshaw Park in Evansville, WY this morning produced a rather large flock of sparrows. The majority were white-crowned sparrows and American tree sparrows. There was one Harris's sparrow and more unusual here in central Wyoming was one fox sparrow. Check those sparrow flocks carefully this time of year. Good birding to all. Chris Michelson Casper, WY
Ann, our Grey Catbirds have all left some time ago. I have been seeing a Mountain Chickadee mixed in with the Black-capped Chickadees. Saturday, while working on a neighbor's roof, we saw several Vs of Sandhill Cranes flying over.
Ellis Hein, west of Casper
On Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:08:16 -0700 from Ann Hines Ann Hines <annhines12...> wrote:
> We had an unbelievable late afternoon for us. > > Grey Catbird > Red-breasted NH > Downy > Crow > Black-capped Chickadee > Robin > House Sparrow > House Finch > Eurasian Collared Dove > White-crown Sparrow > > I don't think we have ever had a Catbird this late in the fall. > Ann in Casper