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5/23/18 3:29 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Moffat & Routt Birding [5 Attachments]
5/23/18 10:42 am Forrest Luke <forrest.luke...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Yampa Valley Birds [1 Attachment]
5/22/18 1:50 pm Rebecca Kindred <rkspirit...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Red crossbills above Ridgway at my feeders - and a rosy finch
5/19/18 7:53 am ARTHUR DAHL <adahl0404...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Silt, CO Black Phoebe
5/18/18 6:41 pm <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Hawkins Preserve in Cortez, Montezuma County
5/18/18 9:05 am Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/17/18 5:24 pm 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Rose-breasted Grosbeak
5/17/18 1:05 pm '<kendall...>' <kendall...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Rose-breasted Grosbeak [1 Attachment]
5/16/18 2:58 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Curved-billed Thrasher and more in my yard
5/16/18 11:25 am nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Wed. Bird Walk
5/16/18 9:35 am 'Shep & Mary Harris' <smnharris...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Olive-sided Flycatchers
5/16/18 1:06 am Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/15/18 7:28 pm Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Sandhill Cranes plus colt -Mack Area - Mesa County
5/15/18 6:52 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Indigo Bunting
5/15/18 4:13 pm Brett Walker <pancaminando...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] 5 snowy egrets, Walker SWA
5/15/18 3:24 pm kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Ouray County
5/15/18 1:13 pm Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Dated eBird checklist as example
5/15/18 11:20 am Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/15/18 11:10 am 'Jim Beatty' <jdbeatty...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/15/18 9:47 am 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/15/18 9:38 am JoAnn Riggle <joannpotterriggle...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Flycatcher [1 Attachment]
5/15/18 9:28 am Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/15/18 8:30 am Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
5/14/18 7:31 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Best in the westend on 13th and 14th May [3 Attachments]
5/13/18 7:50 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Cattle Egret and Rose-breasted Grosbeak
5/13/18 7:43 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Fruitgrowers Reservoir Snowy Plovers (2), Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret and Sandhill Cranes
5/13/18 11:58 am Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Divide Road Highlights - Mesa Spring Count
5/13/18 11:17 am 'Kathleen McGinley' <mcginley...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Highlight for bird count
5/13/18 7:11 am nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] yard Solitaire--Clark's Grebe at Vega
5/13/18 6:49 am <mrjstpierre...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Tennessee Warbler durango
5/12/18 9:21 am <coloradobirder...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Field Trip: Prairie Wonders of the Pawnee National Grassland (Third Time is a Charm)
5/12/18 8:50 am Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] National Monument Birds - Mesa County
5/11/18 10:24 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Hotchkiss
5/10/18 8:53 pm Andy Thomson <andymarythomson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Meeker Boblinks
5/10/18 8:10 pm Adam Petry <petry...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Hotchkiss
5/10/18 7:10 pm Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Purple martins today and nest box update
5/10/18 6:41 pm kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Ouray
5/10/18 4:07 pm 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Sandhill Crane today
5/9/18 2:56 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Long-tailed Duck - Rio Balnco Lake
5/9/18 12:21 pm 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> Re: [wsbn] Ouray
5/9/18 10:25 am kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Ouray again [3 Attachments]
5/9/18 9:43 am kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Ouray
5/7/18 11:12 am victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Archuleta birding (long & late)
5/6/18 9:14 am Linda Hansen <lrhansen53...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Black Headed Grosbeak [1 Attachment]
5/5/18 7:13 pm <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Glossy Ibis at Pastorius, La Plata Co.
5/5/18 11:23 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Fruit growers birders help wanted
5/5/18 9:20 am kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Ouray County
5/5/18 7:07 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Sorry autocorrect. First of season oriole...
5/5/18 7:05 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] God bullock’s oriole
5/4/18 4:47 pm Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Little Blue Heron & others - Grand Junction area
5/3/18 5:37 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Blue jay still in Paonia
5/3/18 12:10 am <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Montezuma County Reservoirs, Wednesday
5/2/18 9:04 pm <rclarke32001...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Semi plover
5/2/18 6:57 pm <kankan...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] White Winged Dove near Gunnison
5/2/18 5:18 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Cattle Egret
5/2/18 3:30 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Shorebirds including Hudsonian Godwits and nesters Hart’s Basin
5/2/18 1:20 pm leon stigen <lstigen531...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Hart's Basin on Saturday
5/2/18 12:07 pm Jason St Pierre <mrjstpierre...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Pastorious Shorebirds today - great numbers
5/1/18 3:48 pm <mikehenwood42...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Shorebirds - Mesa County
5/1/18 12:44 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Little Blue Heron - Grand Junction [3 Attachments]
5/1/18 10:43 am Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Great Egret over Mountain Village (San Miguel County)
5/1/18 7:49 am nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] yard migrants...
5/1/18 5:17 am <rclarke32001...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Fruit Grower's Reservoir
4/30/18 3:21 pm Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Solitary Sandpiper in Telluride (San Miguel County)
4/30/18 12:17 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
4/30/18 10:58 am Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
4/30/18 7:37 am Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
4/29/18 7:33 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Around Nucla today!
4/29/18 2:10 pm Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Fwd: FOS
4/29/18 11:32 am Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Good birding Part 2
4/29/18 11:13 am Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Good Birding [1 Attachment]
4/28/18 7:30 pm Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Warblers in the woods
4/28/18 6:03 pm Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Monument Birds
4/28/18 4:02 pm 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] California Quail NO, Caspian Tern - Rio Blanco Lake
4/28/18 1:39 pm Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] FOS
4/28/18 6:08 am Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Miramonte, San Miguel County
4/28/18 6:04 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Blue jay calling
4/28/18 1:44 am leon stigen <lstigen531...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Late Birds
4/27/18 6:58 pm Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Spring Park resr, El Jebel, Eagle Cty Friday evening
4/27/18 6:29 pm 'Eric A. Maatta' <ericmaatta...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] 1st Broad-tailed Hummingbird in GJ
4/27/18 6:01 pm Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Fruitgrowers now
4/27/18 6:30 am Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] blue jay still in Paonia
4/26/18 4:54 pm 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Spring Valley (Garfield)
4/26/18 12:34 pm Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Broad-winged Hawk and Rocky Mountain White-crowned Sparrow
4/26/18 8:29 am <jcmoffatt_5...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] River Frontj Trail on 29 Road, Grand Junction
4/26/18 12:19 am <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] 8 Shorebird Species at Totten R., Montezuma County [5 Attachments]
4/25/18 11:18 pm <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] 8 Shorebird Species at Totten R., Montezuma County [5 Attachments]
4/25/18 6:07 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Rio Blanco SWA & Kenny Res - [3 Attachments]
4/24/18 9:42 pm <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Yellowjacket Canyon, Montezuma Co.
4/24/18 9:34 pm <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Yellowjacket Canyon, Montezuma Co. 4/24/18
4/24/18 4:22 pm 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] male Bullock's Oriole
4/23/18 11:31 pm <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Monday Birds at Totten Reservoir (Montezuma County)
4/23/18 8:16 pm Gary Faust - Lisa Edwards <lagh2...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Taylor Draw/Kenny Res
4/23/18 5:06 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Broad-tailed Humminbird - Glenwood
4/23/18 2:52 pm victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> [wsbn] Dunlin - Rio Blanco Lake SWA [2 Attachments]
 
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Date: 5/23/18 3:29 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Moffat & Routt Birding [5 Attachments]
I headed up to Moffat and Routt counties today. Forrest Luke had reported a Least Tern at the Gravel Pits and Nancy Merrill had reported a Baltimore Oriole. I found the Least Tern at the southern most gravel pit about 7:30 am.. There was also Forrest Luke sighting as well a 2 Snowy Egrets, and 2 American Avocets. Nancy has an amazing water feature as well as great feeders. The Baltimore Oriole showed up for the first time today right after I pulled into her driveway. There was also a Jan Leonard sighting there was well as several Western Tanagers and Bullock’s Orioles. I have never before seen a Song Sparrow eat jelly.

I have been aware that Grasshopper Sparrows have been found at the 20 Mile SWA just south of the Hayden Power Plant on Twenty Road. They had not been reported this year yet. I felt lucky. And I was lucky. I took a great deal of walking but I found one Grasshopper Sparrow. Great day of birding.

I will try to post some pictures.

Vic Zerbi


 

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Date: 5/23/18 10:42 am
From: Forrest Luke <forrest.luke...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Yampa Valley Birds [1 Attachment]
I stopped at WFMC Ponds south of Craig last evening. Not much there except for an adult Least Tern. At first it was perched on an island but then spent quite a bit of time flying and diving for presumably small fish. I called Jan Leonard and she showed up with her big lenses and got some good photos.. The tern was back this morning, along with a Snowy Egret and a wandering fellow by the name of Vic Zerbi. This bird is apparently new to the Moffat County list. Speaking of MoCo lists, the Least Tern represents no. 298 on my list. I may just make my goal of 300 before I fade into the sunset. It has been a good spring with the CA Quail at Dinosaur being no. 296 and a one day wonder White-winged Dove at a friend's feeder constituting no. 297. I might have to take another shot at Ruffed Grouse on Hoy Mtn (Utah border inside the Green River half circle into Colorado) and Western Screech-Owl in Browns Park before the year is out.

In other Yampa Valley news, Nancy Merrill invited me to her ranch east of Hayden to view Routt County's first Baltimore Oriole on May 21st. When I arrived I was informed that the bird hadn't been to the feeder in a couple of hours and Nancy and Lisa Williams were waiting patiently. In the better to be lucky than good category, the bird showed up a couple of minutes after I had settled in to wait. I believe it was seen as recently as last evening.

While in the Hayden area I drove down Routt County Road 182 and had three male Bobolinks alternately chasing at least one female. Road 182 dead ends about a mile off Hwy 40.

Not to get off topic or belabor the better lucky than good theme, but I was in Denver last week when news of the Golden-crowned Warbler broke on May 15. I was planning to make a dash on the 16th but got hung up in meetings and didn't make it out there. As it turns out it wasn't seen on the 16th after about 1 p.m. so I would have missed it. I "adjusted" my schedule for the 17th (the life of a birder can get complicated) and drove out to the exact middle of nowhere to the ranch oasis where the bird was located. It had been seen sporadically, with hours between sightings, but as I drove up to the site I noticed a group of about 10 people peering intently into the brush with binoculars and cameras so I rushed over. Within a minute of arrival I spotted the warbler and eventually got great looks. How lucky is that?! In the same chokecherry patch was a male Hooded Warbler and a female American Redstart. A little later we located a male Canada Warbler down the road a few hundred yards. To top off the day, I went with Mark Peterson and Glen Walbek to Flagler Reservoir and picked up a female Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Cheers,

Forrest Luke
Craig


 

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Date: 5/22/18 1:50 pm
From: Rebecca Kindred <rkspirit...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Red crossbills above Ridgway at my feeders - and a rosy finch
Hello, all -

Had 4 red crossbills at my feeders and in the nearby aspen this morning. I’d post pictures but I know they won’t “show”, so just email me if you want a look.

One was a young bird begging (and getting) food. I saw the crossbills briefly last year, about this same time.

And a solitary brown-capped rosy finch visited, too. Had scads of them all winter/spring, and a stray pops in every now and then…

Rebecca Kindred
Elk Meadows, above Ridgway
 

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Date: 5/19/18 7:53 am
From: ARTHUR DAHL <adahl0404...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Silt, CO Black Phoebe
May 18, 2018
At the Silt Island Park I observed a Black Phoebe feeding along the
irrigation canal along the south side of the park.

Also saw and heard singing Willow Flycatcher, Orange-crowned and Yellow
Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, Belted Kingfisher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Gray
Catbirds and House Wrens. No Vireos!

Art Dahl, Rifle, CO

 

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Date: 5/18/18 6:41 pm
From: <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Hawkins Preserve in Cortez, Montezuma County
Birds at Hawkins Preserve in Cortez the past two mornings include:
Blue Grosbeak
Gray Vireo (singing, but moving around)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Brewer's Sparrow

photos here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45810389 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45810389


Hawkins Preserve is a 122 acre natural area in Cortez; there is a parking area on South Cedar St.; and another on West 7th Street (at Mesa Elementary School). The "main" trail is a 10' wide concrete walk, but the "perimeter" trails are usually more birdy.

It's a great place to go birding if you're in Cortez.

https://cortezculturalcenter.org/hawkins-preserve/ https://cortezculturalcenter.org/hawkins-preserve/


 

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Date: 5/18/18 9:05 am
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
Hi all

I have looked at this issue(of us not being able to see photos attached to wsbn emails) and cannot work out any way to fix it
It sure looks like Yahoo have screwed up on this, and hopefully they will sort it out soon

Meanwhile, please carry on sharing your birding news, and please upload any pics “elsewhere” eg e-bird, flickr, wherever, and paste a link to them into your wsbn post

Best wishes all – have a great weekend birding

Many thanks

Dick Filby
Carbondale, CO
Norwich, UK

(currently watching Blue Tits feeding their family in our backyard nestbox)
And a neighbour’s cat catch a bird.. hopefully NOT one of the parent Blue Tits :-(

 

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Date: 5/17/18 5:24 pm
From: 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Rose-breasted Grosbeak
All-

I just tried to look at Kendall’s Rose-breasted Grosbeak photo and it would not load from wsbn as reported by others. I am sorry that I will be unable to deal with the issue until Kay & I return home from the Colorado Field Ornithologists convention on the Front Range (after the weekend). With luck Filby will get this email and solve the problem much sooner.

Apologies,

Tom


From: '<kendall...>' <kendall...> [wsbn]
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:44 PM
To: <wsbn...>
Subject: [wsbn] Rose-breasted Grosbeak [1 Attachment]


[Attachment(s) from <kendall...> included below]

And many Siskins...

Kendall on the Roaring Fork in Glenwood





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Date: 5/17/18 1:05 pm
From: '<kendall...>' <kendall...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Rose-breasted Grosbeak [1 Attachment]
And many Siskins...

Kendall on the Roaring Fork in Glenwood


 

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Date: 5/16/18 2:58 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Curved-billed Thrasher and more in my yard
I worked all morning trying to ID this thrasher. I’m sending a recording to eBird. I did briefly get a look and it’s consistent with CUTH. I’ve heard it calling in the yard for a week or so but today it can’t stop singing.
There are more than twenty Evening Grosbeaks here feasting on Elm seeds and sunflower seeds.
Six male Lazuli Buntings returned to the yard several weeks ago. Three of them are the sons of a male Indigo Bunting x Lazuli Bunting cross. The Indigo spent one summer here and double clutched with his Lazuli mate. All three of the hybrids are distinctive. I recognize them every year. The three others may be crosses too but they look like normal LABU. They travel with the hybrids.
There have been two other new yard birds this year in addition to the CUTH- both singing: Grey Catbird and Gray Vireo. New species are few and far between in my yard.
Good birding!
Andrea Robinsong
Hotchkiss
 

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Date: 5/16/18 11:25 am
From: nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Wed. Bird Walk
Nine of us had an enjoyable Grand Valley Audubon Society bird walk in and around the Ela Sanctuary/Connected Lakes.

Highlights were watching a lot of interaction between two Cooper's Hawks-a male, judging by the smaller size, and presumably a juvenile female (clearly larger). The smaller hawk flew back and forth numerous times and was bringing sticks to a crotch in the top of a cottonwood. We also had a nicely perched Great Horned Owl, managed to see a single Bushtit (at its nest), and viewed a pair of Black Phoebes actively feeding young on their nest at "Phoebe Rock."

Nic Korte

 

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Date: 5/16/18 9:35 am
From: 'Shep & Mary Harris' <smnharris...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Olive-sided Flycatchers
Hi West Slope Birders,
Late post, but I am spending the spring/summer in AK to catch the migration
and breeding action way north and not always in service. I was surprised to
see an OSFL in Homer on May 10th.
Any FOS reports for this year in our area?
Good birding to All Ya!
Mary Harris

 

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Date: 5/16/18 1:06 am
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
Same deal here
Yahoo Groups
Andrea Robinsong

> On May 15, 2018, at 12:05 PM, 'Jim Beatty' <jdbeatty...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I’m having the same problem. I can rarely/almost never open the the photo attachments to wsbn posts. I’m sure that they would be great to see! Eric’s suggestion sounds good if the Yahoo system can’t be improved!
>
> Jim Beatty
> Durango
>
> From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:47 AM
> To: Eric Hynes
> Cc: West Slope Bird Network Bird Network
> Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
>
>
> Re photo problem: I too have not been able to open the attached photos RECENTLY. Is everyone having this issue? If so, something must be wrong with Yahoo Groups.
>
>
> Robin Nicholoff
> Hotchkiss
>
>
>
>> On May 15, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hello Western Slope Birders:
>>
>> I am a huge supporter of eBird and its many wonderful attributes but I still think there is an important role for regional emailing lists.
>>
>> I appreciate contributions to the WSBN but I am not necessarily a big fan of the the format Yahoo Groups provides. I am not advocating for a format change however. I simply want to suggest that when people are reporting to WSBN, instead of trying to insert images into the email (which is almost always problematic), simply include a link to your eBird report that you are reporting on or upload your images to a Flickr account or SmugMug or the like.
>>
>> Personally, I don't bother clicking on the images "attached" in the WSBN emails because I can rarely get them to load properly or I have to sign in again or something.
>>
>> Just copy the html address from your eBird report and Flickr page and paste it in the email. Simple for you the reporter and flawless for us receivers.
>>
>> My two cents.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Eric
>>
>>
>> .....................
>> Eric Hynes
>> Telluride, CO
>> ---------------------
>> Field Guides Birding Tours
>> www.fieldguides.com
>> http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
>>
>>
>>> On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Greetings,
>>> Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla, White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.
>>>
>>> E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep informed, also use e-Bird.
>>> Coen
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Date: 5/15/18 7:28 pm
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Sandhill Cranes plus colt -Mack Area - Mesa County
Hi All,

We have seen a lone Sandhill Crane in a field west of Mack this spring.
Today I was surprised to see 2 adults (look for their brown color) with a
very small chick (believe the correct term is a colt).

The grassy field is on the old 6 &50 Highway west of Mack between 10 and 9
Roads. The field is on the south side of the road just before you get to 9
Road, which goes north off old Hwy 6 & 50. The family of Sandhills were on
the far edge of the field - the adults are brown and the chick is barely
visible as it strives to keep up with the parents.

Sandhills nesting in the valley is starting to become much more common.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

 

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Date: 5/15/18 6:52 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Indigo Bunting
Greetings,
Had a singing male Indigo Bunting this AM at the Silver Hawk Ranch east of the Nucla Power Plant. The male was counter singing with two Lazuli Buntings. We counted 9 singing Yellow-breasted Chats and 33 other species on our mile walk one way along the San Miguel River.Indigos have been at this location for at least 4 years.Brenda and Coen.

 

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Date: 5/15/18 4:13 pm
From: Brett Walker <pancaminando...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] 5 snowy egrets, Walker SWA
Late report. I was surprised to see 5 snowy egrets fly over me low yesterday evening, May 14, around 7 pm at Walker SWA in Grand Junction (Mesa Co.). Black legs with bright yellow feet were conspicuous.

Brett Walker
Fruita, CO


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 

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Date: 5/15/18 3:24 pm
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Ouray County
Hello, birders,
On a drive to Montrose today, I had a lone Common Golden-eye at the Rway Reservoir, a Lewis's Woodpecker a little N of the heron rookery on Highway 550, and a Black Phoebe and a pair of Gray Vireos at the Billy Creek Bridge. I talked to the ranger at Billy Creek, and he thought kids had knocked down the Dipper's nest under the bridge. There doesn't seem to be nest-building going on there now.
Yesterday I had my 44th feeder birder and 94th yard bird -- a Band-tailed Pigeon. I live about one block from the center of Ouray.
Good birding.
Kent NelsonOuray
 

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Date: 5/15/18 1:13 pm
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Dated eBird checklist as example
Here is a fun morning of birding I had back on May 5 in San Miguel County.

The Northern Mockingbird (NOM)) was a first for me in the county.

Check out the audio recording embedded for the NOMO. At around 20 seconds,
you can hear my first Pinyon Jay in the county, if you ignore the
mockingbird song before and after.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45292250

Spring birding rocks,
Eric
......................
Eric Hynes
Telluride, CO
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes

 

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Date: 5/15/18 11:20 am
From: Douglas Kibbe <dpkibbe...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
I have the same problem and agree with Eric's suggested solution.

Doug Kibbe


________________________________
From: <wsbn...> <wsbn...> on behalf of 'Jim Beatty' <jdbeatty...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:05 PM
To: robgret tds...net; Eric Hynes
Cc: West Slope Bird Network Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!



I’m having the same problem. I can rarely/almost never open the the photo attachments to wsbn posts. I’m sure that they would be great to see! Eric’s suggestion sounds good if the Yahoo system can’t be improved!

Jim Beatty
Durango

From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn]
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:47 AM
To: Eric Hynes
Cc: West Slope Bird Network Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!



Re photo problem: I too have not been able to open the attached photos RECENTLY. Is everyone having this issue? If so, something must be wrong with Yahoo Groups.


Robin Nicholoff
Hotchkiss



On May 15, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:


Hello Western Slope Birders:

I am a huge supporter of eBird and its many wonderful attributes but I still think there is an important role for regional emailing lists.

I appreciate contributions to the WSBN but I am not necessarily a big fan of the the format Yahoo Groups provides. I am not advocating for a format change however. I simply want to suggest that when people are reporting to WSBN, instead of trying to insert images into the email (which is almost always problematic), simply include a link to your eBird report that you are reporting on or upload your images to a Flickr account or SmugMug or the like.

Personally, I don't bother clicking on the images "attached" in the WSBN emails because I can rarely get them to load properly or I have to sign in again or something.

Just copy the html address from your eBird report and Flickr page and paste it in the email. Simple for you the reporter and flawless for us receivers.

My two cents.

Thanks,
Eric


.......................
Eric Hynes
Telluride, CO
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fieldguides.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cd8a705b19ad54314cb7108d5ba8f203e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636620046237353022&sdata=TZnhMKJ5l%2FHCUXkpOrFDLFOH1Jvd5iFTxdA9PUqB01Q%3D&reserved=0>
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On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:


Greetings,
Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla, White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.

E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep informed, also use e-Bird.
Coen







 

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Date: 5/15/18 11:10 am
From: 'Jim Beatty' <jdbeatty...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
I’m having the same problem. I can rarely/almost never open the the photo attachments to wsbn posts. I’m sure that they would be great to see! Eric’s suggestion sounds good if the Yahoo system can’t be improved!

Jim Beatty
Durango

From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn]
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:47 AM
To: Eric Hynes
Cc: West Slope Bird Network Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!


Re photo problem: I too have not been able to open the attached photos RECENTLY. Is everyone having this issue? If so, something must be wrong with Yahoo Groups.


Robin Nicholoff
Hotchkiss



On May 15, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:


Hello Western Slope Birders:

I am a huge supporter of eBird and its many wonderful attributes but I still think there is an important role for regional emailing lists.

I appreciate contributions to the WSBN but I am not necessarily a big fan of the the format Yahoo Groups provides. I am not advocating for a format change however. I simply want to suggest that when people are reporting to WSBN, instead of trying to insert images into the email (which is almost always problematic), simply include a link to your eBird report that you are reporting on or upload your images to a Flickr account or SmugMug or the like.

Personally, I don't bother clicking on the images "attached" in the WSBN emails because I can rarely get them to load properly or I have to sign in again or something.

Just copy the html address from your eBird report and Flickr page and paste it in the email. Simple for you the reporter and flawless for us receivers.

My two cents.

Thanks,
Eric


.....................
Eric Hynes

Telluride, CO
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes


On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:



Greetings,

Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla, White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.


E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep informed, also use e-Bird.
Coen








 

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Date: 5/15/18 9:47 am
From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
Re photo problem: I too have not been able to open the attached photos RECENTLY. Is everyone having this issue? If so, something must be wrong with Yahoo Groups.

Robin Nicholoff
Hotchkiss



> On May 15, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Hello Western Slope Birders:
>
> I am a huge supporter of eBird and its many wonderful attributes but I still think there is an important role for regional emailing lists.
>
> I appreciate contributions to the WSBN but I am not necessarily a big fan of the the format Yahoo Groups provides. I am not advocating for a format change however. I simply want to suggest that when people are reporting to WSBN, instead of trying to insert images into the email (which is almost always problematic), simply include a link to your eBird report that you are reporting on or upload your images to a Flickr account or SmugMug or the like.
>
> Personally, I don't bother clicking on the images "attached" in the WSBN emails because I can rarely get them to load properly or I have to sign in again or something.
>
> Just copy the html address from your eBird report and Flickr page and paste it in the email. Simple for you the reporter and flawless for us receivers.
>
> My two cents.
>
> Thanks,
> Eric
>
>
> .....................
> Eric Hynes
> Telluride, CO
> ---------------------
> Field Guides Birding Tours
> www.fieldguides.com <http://www.fieldguides.com/>
> http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes <http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes>
>
>
> On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> <mailto:<coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> <mailto:<wsbn-noreply...>> wrote:
>
>
> Greetings,
> Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla, White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.
>
> E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep informed, also use e-Bird.
> Coen
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 5/15/18 9:38 am
From: JoAnn Riggle <joannpotterriggle...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Flycatcher [1 Attachment]
I was very surprised today to find an early Least Flycatcher at Gypsum Ponds in Eagle County.  I was able to get one quick snap of him before he ducked back into the tree.  This is the same set of trees where I found one last year.  
JoAnn Potter Riggle 
"In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence."     .....Robert Lynd
 

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Date: 5/15/18 9:28 am
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
Hello Western Slope Birders:

I am a huge supporter of eBird and its many wonderful attributes but I
still think there is an important role for regional emailing lists.

I appreciate contributions to the WSBN but I am not necessarily a big fan
of the the format Yahoo Groups provides. I am not advocating for a format
change however. I simply want to suggest that when people are reporting to
WSBN, instead of trying to insert images into the email (which is almost
always problematic), simply include a link to your eBird report that you
are reporting on or upload your images to a Flickr account or SmugMug or
the like.

Personally, I don't bother clicking on the images "attached" in the WSBN
emails because I can rarely get them to load properly or I have to sign in
again or something.

Just copy the html address from your eBird report and Flickr page and paste
it in the email. Simple for you the reporter and flawless for us receivers.

My two cents.

Thanks,
Eric


......................
Eric Hynes
Telluride, CO
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes


On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <
<wsbn-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Greetings,
> Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on
> WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no
> problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla,
> White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.
>
> E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other
> birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western
> Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep
> informed, also use e-Bird.
> Coen
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/15/18 8:30 am
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Problems with attachments!
Greetings,
Over the last several days we can not attach photos or open photos on WSBN. To see our photos, use e-Bird because photos are attached with no problems. The photos we posted were of the Cattle Egret, near Nucla, White-winged Dove, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in our yard.

E-Bird has so may wonderful bells and whistles it is making most all other birding resources obsolete. We are signed up for county alerts in western Colorado via e-Bird. Reason, most e-Birders do not report to WSBN. To keep informed, also use e-Bird.Coen

 

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Date: 5/14/18 7:31 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Best in the westend on 13th and 14th May [3 Attachments]
Greetings,Attached are three photos of what is happening around Nucla.Brenda and Coen

 

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Date: 5/13/18 7:50 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Cattle Egret and Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Greetings,
After spending four days birding Montezuma County in the wind it was great to return home and find two unusual species waiting for us. The Cattle Egret was about a mile south of the domestic reservoir southeast of Nucla. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is coming to our feeder.There were many good birds reported at the Cortez Birding Festival. Brenda and I lead the pelagic trip on McPhee Reservoir via a pontoon boat and found many good species for the count. On Saturday we did the Ute Farm and Ranch trip.
You can access most of the trip lists via e-Bird. Ducks, Common Black-Hawk, Scaled Quail, loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, cranes, shorebirds, gulls, terns, flycatchers, swallows (seven species), warblers and sparrows species were birds that made up the long list of species.Good birding,Brenda and Coen

 

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Date: 5/13/18 7:43 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Fruitgrowers Reservoir Snowy Plovers (2), Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret and Sandhill Cranes
This is a report about Fruitgrowers Reservoir that I received from Jim Wallis this evening:


Begin forwarded message:

> From: "<pollycat...>" <pollycat...>
> Date: May 13, 2018 at 6:37:22 PM MDT
> Subject: Mother's Day Birds
>
> I checked this evening and found a snowy egret, a cattle egret, and a pair of snowy plovers. There was a bald eagle on the nest but no sign of eggs or fledglings. Lots of goslings though. I couple nights ago I saw seven sandhills on the west shore south of the road. These are probably the same ones noted about a month ago. They flew off across the reservoir shortly after I arrived. Just before dark three came back to the west roost area. No idea where the others went.
> Jim W.

 

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Date: 5/13/18 11:58 am
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Divide Road Highlights - Mesa Spring Count
Hi All,

Our highlights on the Divide Road included Grace's Warblers in several
places, Lewis's Woodpecker, and 4 Flammulated Owls calling vigorously and
spontaneously at 3 different locations. They were all down in Jack's Canyon
area and below - none up high in the Ponderosa yet.

Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

 

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Date: 5/13/18 11:17 am
From: 'Kathleen McGinley' <mcginley...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Highlight for bird count
Brenda Sabo and I found a huge flock of Pine Siskins (we
estimated low at 60) feeding in a dandelion field in
Collbran yesterday. They were accompanied by about 10
Cassin's Finches. We had never seen so many siskins
together!
Kathleen

 

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Date: 5/13/18 7:11 am
From: nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] yard Solitaire--Clark's Grebe at Vega
This morning my Hawthorne tree produced another interesting species for central Grand Junction. A Townsend's Solitaire was feeding on last winter's remnant of berries that are still clinging.

Yesterday, as part of the Migratory Bird Day effort, Doug and Laura Johnston and I birded NE Mesa County-essentially Vega Lake and east. High winds seemed to put a lot of things down, especially on the higher parts of our route as swallows were almost absent. Our best bird at Vega Lake was a single Clark's Grebe. Vega Lake, which two weeks ago had extensive mudflats, is now full.

We managed to coax a response from a single Fox Sparrow near the Buzzard/Muddy divide and Mule Park, but otherwise, the most impressive features were the wind and how dry already are the extensive wetlands in the area.

Nic Korte

 

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Date: 5/13/18 6:49 am
From: <mrjstpierre...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Tennessee Warbler durango
There is a singing Tennessee Warbler at the entrance to Oxbow Park

Jason

Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 5/12/18 9:21 am
From: <coloradobirder...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Field Trip: Prairie Wonders of the Pawnee National Grassland (Third Time is a Charm)

Hi all

My next field trip (previously postponed for weather and family emergency)--next Saturday (5/12) details below (date/time upper right on page):

http://coloradobirder.club/m/ events/view/Prairie-Wonders- of-the-Pawnee-National- Grassland http://coloradobirder.club/m/events/view/Prairie-Wonders-of-the-Pawnee-National-Grassland Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/ http://coloradobirder.club/ - (101 other May events http://coloradobirder.club/m/events/home/)

 

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Date: 5/12/18 8:50 am
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] National Monument Birds - Mesa County
Fellow Birders,

Katey Buster asked me to send this for her. She walked the Serpent's Trail
and around Devil's Kitchen this morning.

I saw and heard these five species within a 5 min walk of each other on
the way into Devil's Kitchen: Plumbeous Vireo, Gray Vireo, Ash-throated
Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher and Black-throated Sparrow. I also saw and
heard another very vocal Gray Vireo near the parking lot. Going up
Serpent's it was uneventful except for a Cooper's Hawk chasing an unknown
bird and I heard/saw three Black-throated Warblers withing 200 feet of the
top of that trail before it meets the road.

Mike henwood for Katey Buster
Colorado National Monument
Grand Junction
Mesa County

 

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Date: 5/11/18 10:24 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Hotchkiss
This is a few days earlier than the earliest record in Plateaus and Mesas of Western Colorado
Andrea Robinsong

> On May 10, 2018, at 9:09 PM, Adam Petry <petry...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Kudos to the sharp-eyed Maria Rodriguez, who chanced into a yellow-billed cuckoo outside of Hotchkiss this Wednesday, May 9. According to her email, "I was in my yard when two robins chased a bird into a small tree just a few feet from me. I stepped forward a bit and looked up into the tree then saw the all white underside of the cuckoo and the distinctive markings on the underside of its tail. It seemed stunned for a few seconds but then noticed me and flew off to the south." Thank you Maria!
>
> Does anyone know where this ranks with the earliest known detection for the western slope?
>
> Adam Petry
> Biologist/Owner
>
> Western Biology, LLC
> Hotchkiss, CO 81419
> Mobile: 970.462.8702
> westernbiology.com
>

 

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Date: 5/10/18 8:53 pm
From: Andy Thomson <andymarythomson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Meeker Boblinks
I was working in the hayfield late this evening and a couple of bobolinks showed up. It's a few days earlier than past years.Andy Thomson

 

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Date: 5/10/18 8:10 pm
From: Adam Petry <petry...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Hotchkiss
Kudos to the sharp-eyed Maria Rodriguez, who chanced into a yellow-billed
cuckoo outside of Hotchkiss this Wednesday, May 9. According to her email,
"I was in my yard when two robins chased a bird into a small tree just a
few feet from me. I stepped forward a bit and looked up into the tree then
saw the all white underside of the cuckoo and the distinctive markings on
the underside of its tail. It seemed stunned for a few seconds but then
noticed me and flew off to the south." Thank you Maria!

Does anyone know where this ranks with the earliest known detection for the
western slope?

*Adam Petry*
Biologist/Owner

Western Biology, LLC
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
Mobile: *970.462.8702*

*westernbiology.com <http://westernbiology.com>*

 

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Date: 5/10/18 7:10 pm
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Purple martins today and nest box update
Saw several purple martins at a colony site north of Paonia today. Also, we cleaned out the box in which they nested last season and found that the nest had failed. Three eggs in it. So while I got a nesting attempt in a box last year it apparently did not succeed. Hope for better results this season. Still at nine boxes, broke one today but may get it up next week.

On a slightly odd note we had no bluebirds in PUMA boxes in 17 but there were already MOBL building nests in two of them we were cleaning today. One box had 3 MOBL starts in it, one with birds active. Another had just one but they werent happy with box maintenance and glared at us with mouthfuls of nesting materials. Three minutes after the box was back in place one carried in some material and started in again.

Also had house wrens in the aspens today.

Dennis Garrison
Paonia, Delta County

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Date: 5/10/18 6:41 pm
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Ouray
Birders,
In addition to the three Red Crossbills at my feeder yesterday, I encountered a single Willet at the R'way Reservoir. How many places can those two birds be seen on the same day?
I camped in Billy Creek last night. Not much at the bridge. No Black Phoebe.. Up higher in the evening and the next morning, I had Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Blue-gray Gnatcher, singing Virginia's Wb and Yellow-rumped, and so on. One White-throated Swift. One elk. No flycatchers. 
On the return to Ouray today, seven A. Avocets were hanging out. (No willet..) Lots of Violet-green and N. Rough-winged Swallows.
Kent NelsonOuray
 

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Date: 5/10/18 4:07 pm
From: 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Sandhill Crane today
We visited Spring Valley again and found one crane in the creek bottom. The bird flew to a recently plowed field where it blended in and barely could be located with binoculars. Most expected species were back, excepting Brewers Sparrows. Two Soras calling at the Sod Farm Marsh and many Yellow-headed Blackbirds. CMC Slough is drying up and the grass is getting taller, only shorebirds were Wilsons Phalaropes.

Tom & Kay
Glenwood Springs

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Date: 5/9/18 2:56 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Long-tailed Duck - Rio Balnco Lake
I decided to look for the Western Bluebirds that Tom McConnell had recently seen on 98 Road west of Rangely in Rio Blanco County. On the way I made a quick stop at Rio Blanco Lake. Only one bird initially seen on the lake - a Western/Clark’s Grebe. I got my scope out to see if I could tell which one. As I got the Western Grebe into focus, right next to it popped up an breeding plumage male Long-tailed Duck. I nearly knocked my scope over. A county bird I never expected to find in Rio Blanco county. Great bird in great early morning light.

On 98 Road, I had no luck with Western Bluebird but great luck with other western Colorado pinyon-juniper birds. I had 3 Gray Vireos, 2 Gray Flycatchers, 1 Bewick’s Wren, 8 Juniper Titmouse, 6 Rock Wren, 2 Say’s Phoebe, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 4 Woodhouse’s Scrub Jays, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 6 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 5 Lark Sparrows, and 4 Chipping Sparrows.

I also tried my favorite Scott’s Oriole site but no luck YET. No luck with Cassin’s Kingbird either. (Maybe someday).

Checked for the Long-tailed Duck again on my way home. (Hoping to be able to get a photo.) Unfortunately it and the Franklin’s Gull were gone.

Vic Zerbi
 

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Date: 5/9/18 12:21 pm
From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [wsbn] Ouray
A Red Crossbill was at a feeder just outside Paonia mid-April. Pretty unusual too, Kent.

-Robin Nicholoff
Hotchkiss




> On May 9, 2018, at 10:01 AM, kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Birders,
>
> Today a female Red Crossbill showed up at my pathetic feeder. I had a male about twenty years ago, so this is a second yard record. A Brewer's Blackbird, also a second record, appeared last week.
>
> Kent Nelson
> Ouray
>
>


 

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Date: 5/9/18 10:25 am
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Ouray again [3 Attachments]
Birders,'An hour later --- at my pathetic feeder (that has had 42 species over the years). 
Kent NelsonOuray
 

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Date: 5/9/18 9:43 am
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Ouray
Birders,
Today a female Red Crossbill showed up at my pathetic feeder. I had a male about twenty years ago, so this is a second yard record. A Brewer's Blackbird, also a second record, appeared last week. 
Kent NelsonOuray
 

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Date: 5/7/18 11:12 am
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Archuleta birding (long & late)
In light of the bad weather last week, I decided to bird in Archuleta County primarily in hopes of finding spring migrants - especially shorebirds. I headed out from Glenwood early Thursday morning. Travel from Minturn to Leadville was awful. Vail Pass had been closed and Battle Mountain and Tennessee Pass probably should have been too. The good news: travel further south was easy - and bad travel could mean good birding.

I got to Pagosa Springs about 2 PM. I headed out to the three Dunnegan area ranch ponds out Piedra Road (Cty 600). My best birds were Blue-winged Teal (2), Lesser Yellowlegs (3), Wilson’s Phalarope (6) and Long-billed Dowitchers (11). There were also Spotted Sandpipers, White-faced Ibis, Am. Avocets, Killdeer, Canada Geese, Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Merganser, Ruddy Ducks, Western Grebes, and Pied-billed Grebes.

After birding a couple of other sites with similar birds, I headed to the Windsurfing Beach at Navajo State Park. I got there about 5 pm. Not a vehicle or person in sight. The lake was very low and there were extensive wet mudflats. As I walked down to the mudflats, a group of peeps flew in - 6 Least Sandpipers and 1 Baird’s Sandpiper. There were also over a 1000 Western Grebes, Ring-billed Gulls, Franklin’s Gulls (15), Bonaparte’s Gulls (3) and one California Gull, several Great Blue Herons, White-faced Ibis, and .

Friday morning I was back at the Windsurfing Beach at 6 am. Still no vehicles or people. However, not one shorebird. However, the campground had Northern Mockingbirds (3), Loggerhead Shrike, Lark and Vesper Sparrows, Say’s Phoebes. I also birded the Mooring Bay with no greater luck on migrants. At Sambrito Marsh, I saw Norther Harrier, Brewer’s, Lark and Vesper Sparrows and Virginia Warbler.

At the Piedra Bridge Natural Walk, I saw Black Phoebe, Yellow-rumps, Juniper Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Chipping Sparrows, Western Kingbirds, Green-tailed Towhee, and my FOS Yellow-breasted Chat.

I went back to Pagosa the one way via Edith and Chromo (700 Road, 500 Road, 542 Road, 359 Road, and 391 Road). Great habitat. Lots of PJ and Sagebrush.. Did find Cassin’s Kingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Rock Wren, Western Bluebird, Lewis’ Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker. No luck with Sagebrush Sparrow or Gray Vireo.

Had to head home on Saturday but decided to give the Windsurfing Beach one more shot. Got there at daybreak again (6 am). 30 plus vehicles and tents and beer cans everywhere. Good luck: not one person was up and moving. Who said fishermen were out early. Bad luck: no new shorebirds. Too much good migrating weather. Amazing sight. One mudflat pint with three fully adult plumaged gulls standing next to each other in great morning sunlight- one Ring-billed, one California, and one Herring. The Herring was totally unexpected and surprising this time of year. Loved how the California stood above the ring-billed and the Herring stood above the California on his pink legs.

Headed happily for my 5 1/2 hour trip home. 9 county birds over 48 hours.

Vic Zerbi
 

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Date: 5/6/18 9:14 am
From: Linda Hansen <lrhansen53...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Black Headed Grosbeak [1 Attachment]






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Date: 5/5/18 7:13 pm
From: <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Glossy Ibis at Pastorius, La Plata Co.
Hi everyone,
On the Durango Bird Club field trip 5-5-18, one GLOSSY IBIS was among 12 White-faced Ibises at Pastorius Reservoir. Some of the other highlights from the day included: Blue-winged Teal (6), Eared Grebes (2), Snowy Egret (1), Least Sandpipers (14), Western Sandpipers (2), Wilson’s Phalaropes (17), American Avocet (1), Dusky Flycatcher (1), Western Kingbirds (3), Yellow Warblers (3), Common Yellowthroat (1), Green-tailed Towhee, Bullock’s Orioles (3). Over 60 species were seen.
Susan Allerton
Durango, CO



 

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Date: 5/5/18 11:23 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Fruit growers birders help wanted
The other day I saw two feral pigs in the Currant creek drainage just over the hill to the east from Fruitgrowers. These were not typical barnyard pigs. Small, maybe 20 pounds, dark and hairy, with a ruff. If anyone who is birding around there or just drives North road and happens to see them could you either let me know or call CPW and give them a location? Feral pigs can be very bad.

Thanks for letting me go off topic. Now go birding.

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Date: 5/5/18 9:20 am
From: kent nelson <kentsnelson...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Ouray County
Hello, birders,
A Black Phoebe was at the Billy Creek bridge, and a Dipper, too, though last year's Dipper's nest under the bridge is no longer there.
My pathetic feeder had different single Brown-capped Rosy-Finches on consecutive days, and a Brewer's Blackbird, a few days ago, which I've only seen here once before. Otherwise, lots of Cassin's Finches and juncos. A Virginia's Warbler came through my yard a few days ago. 
The R'way Reservoir is pretty barren. Four Ruddy Ducks and a dozen W. Grebes on Wednesday, but yesterday zero.
Kent NelsonOuray
 

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Date: 5/5/18 7:07 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Sorry autocorrect. First of season oriole...
Argh. I am not an iPhone type.

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Date: 5/5/18 7:05 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] God bullock’s oriole
Hulteen road near fruit growers right now.

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Date: 5/4/18 4:47 pm
From: Mike Henwood <mhawkhen...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Little Blue Heron & others - Grand Junction area
Kathleen McGinley and I found the *Little Blue Heron* in the same pond
along the Pear Park section (east of 29 Road) of the Colorado River Trail.
It was on the north side of the pond just below the hunting blind. We had
to go to the far east side of the pond to see it.

Also had a *Solitary Sandpiper, *4 Black-necked Stilts and 2 American
Avocets.

Redlands Parkway ponds had the following shorebirds:

Black-necked Stilt - 8
American Avocet - 1
Killdeer - 4
Least Sandpiper - 5
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1
Spotted Sandpiper - 4
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2

As a side note, I don't ever remember a year where we saw so many
Black-necked Stilts. I think the weather - high winds with thunderstorms -
kept a number of shorebirds in the Grand Valley this week - other years
they probably drop in for a short time or just fly over. We have seen a
good number of shorebirds this past week.


Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County

 

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Date: 5/3/18 5:37 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Blue jay still in Paonia
Come to 3rd and Minnesota at around 630 any morning. It always seems to be around.

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Date: 5/3/18 12:10 am
From: <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Montezuma County Reservoirs, Wednesday
On Wednesday 5/2/2018:

At Narraguinnep: 4 American White Pelicans

At McPhee (west end): 2 Common Loons (courtship)

At Summit: lots of Western Grebes, and other expected species

At Puett: 12 Willets, 2 Least Sandpiper

At Totten:
2 Black-necked Stilt
2 Marbled Godwit
4 Least Sandpiper
9 Long-billed Dowitcher
22 Wilson's Phalarope
1 Spotted Sandpiper
49 Willet
and 1 Peregrine Falcon hunting swallows!


Erik Hendrickson
Cortez, CO




 

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Date: 5/2/18 9:04 pm
From: <rclarke32001...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Semi plover
Semipalmated Plover Green Heron Pond---Blue Heron Section/River front Trail just east of the Junior Service League Park Wed 430pm 5-2-18
See eBird


Bob
 

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Date: 5/2/18 6:57 pm
From: <kankan...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] White Winged Dove near Gunnison
A white winged dove was observed and photographed by Kimberlee Douglass in the Antelope Hills Subdivision just NW of Gunnison on Wed. 5/2. This is the first record for this species in Gunnison County that I am aware of.
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Date: 5/2/18 5:18 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Cattle Egret
Greetings,
A Cattle Egret was found in Norwood yesterday and two in Nucla today. There are very few records of this species in San Miguel or Montrose counties.We had about 30 species in our yard today including 8 Bullock's Orioles at one time on the three oriole feeders.Coen and Brenda

 

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Date: 5/2/18 3:30 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Shorebirds including Hudsonian Godwits and nesters Hart’s Basin
I visited Fruitgrowers Reservoir for the last three days. Monday and Tuesday I went there in the evening and found lots of good migrants along the western shore. Monday night frustrated me as large groups of migrants would stop along the shore then quickly lift up never to be found again. Last night offered really wonderful views as ducks, pelicans, terns, gulls and sandpipers were right next to the causeway. I was able to set up my scope west of the birds so they were not silhouetted by the setting sun.
The rarest birds were two Hudsonian Godwits standing next to a flock of Marbled Godwits on Monday. They were gone Tuesday. I have submitted a detailed description to eBird.
A lone Pectoral Sandpiper which I saw Monday is sadly now a rare bird. In my long experience birding western Colorado PESA were uncommon but regular visitors during Spring migration.
Last evening afforded me incredible views of beautiful birds. Almost twenty Cinnamon Teal were busy feeding so close that individuals were full frame in my scope with the lens close to closed.
There were Blue-Winged Teal and Green-Winged as well and they were a feast for my eyes.
Last night was a gull and tern bonanza with many Forsters Terns, 2 Caspians, and Franklins, Bonaparte’s California and Ring-billed Gulls.
Over the course of the last three days I have seen lots of Willets, dowitchers, Phalaropes, godwits, avocets and Grebes.
Still no bitterns or Black Terns but so far it’s been a good show. I’ve seen three Bald Eagles, one of which was standing on the nest. Across from the parking area a Raven is on a nest.
My complete lists are on eBird.
Andrea Robinsong
Roosting above Hotchkiss
 

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Date: 5/2/18 1:20 pm
From: leon stigen <lstigen531...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Hart's Basin on Saturday
I've been off line for several days, so I could not post some great birds
from Hart's on Saturday. Lots of great birds, but the best in my opinion,
was (1) a Least Tern (2) a Swainson's Hawk (3) at least a dozen long billed
dowitchers (4) 17 Marbled Godwits (5) 20 white faced Ibises (6) 4 Forster's
Terns (7) 2 Caspian Terns (8) 5 White Pelicans (9) numerous yellow headed
blackbirds and mating Western Grebes. (10) at least 20 Wilson's Phalaropes
(11) one Greater yellowlegs. Now I'm off to chase that Little Blue Heron
here in Grand Junction.
Lee Stigen
Grand Junction

 

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Date: 5/2/18 12:07 pm
From: Jason St Pierre <mrjstpierre...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Pastorious Shorebirds today - great numbers
Pastorius reservoir outside of Durango was amazing this morning, and we've
needed some bad weather to drop the birds in. Oddly enough there were 27
Willets, 27 Marbled Godwits (flew in at perhaps 10:30) and 27 Wilson's
Phalaropes. There were also 25 Long-billed Dowitchers, 21 Western
Sandpipers, 10 Least Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Spotted
Sandpipers, 2 Killdeer, 6 White-faced Ibises, and a Wilson's Warbler. Susan
Allerton had a Solitary Sandpiper before I arrived but Peter Derven and I
were unable to relocate it.

Pretty amazing considering last night Ryan Votta and I were there and it
was really quiet.

Across from Mercury Payments I had my FOY Chat and Virginia's Warbler,
along with several Orange-crowned.

Jason St. Pierre

 

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Date: 5/1/18 3:48 pm
From: <mikehenwood42...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Shorebirds - Mesa County
Fellow Birders:


Good time for shorebirds & other migrants in Mesa County. Today along with various other folks I visited the following:


James M. Robb Colorado River State Park - Pear Park Section
Little Blue Heron
American Avocet - 2
Long-billed Dowitcher - 10


Redlands Parkway Ponds
Black-necked Stilt - 5
American Avocet - 2
Marbled Godwit - 1
Western Sandpiper - 5
Long-billed Dowitcher - 3
Wilson's Phalarope - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Black Tern - 1


Highline Lake SP
Loon still continues
Cattle Egret - 1 seen on Q Road just west of 11 8/10 Road
White-faced Ibis - 50
American Avocet - 30
Long-billed Dowitcher - many in last 2 days
Red-necked Phalarope - 9
Huge number of Gulls - Franklin's ,Bonaparte's, Ring-billed and California
Also Common and Black Terns


Mike Henwood
Grand Junction
Mesa County




 

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Date: 5/1/18 12:44 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Little Blue Heron - Grand Junction [3 Attachments]
Tom McConnell and I tried fro but missed seeing the Little Blue Heron yesterday at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park-Pear Park section. Mike Henwood contacted me early this morning to say that it had returned - so I returned too. I had much better luck. It was initially on the island in the pond but just as I was about to leave it flew over into the east shore close to me. I’ll take good luck every time. Attached are photos of the Little Blue Heron and a Snowy Egret it hung out with part of the time.

Vic Zerbi


 

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Date: 5/1/18 10:43 am
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Great Egret over Mountain Village (San Miguel County)
Hello Western Slope Birders:

Migrants are on the move.

Another day - another pleasant surprise. While turning off SH 145 a moment
ago at the main entrance to Mountain Village, I saw a large, all white bird
in flight. Of course I was without binoculars and camera but luckily the
bird flew directly over my car. I enjoyed a great naked eye view of a Great
Egret. It was headed east, low.

Good birding,
Eric
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Eric Hynes
Telluride, CO
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Date: 5/1/18 7:49 am
From: nic korte <nkorte1...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] yard migrants...
Every year I have a bit of a fallout in my Hawthorne tree. This year it has been extended with a bird here and there. This morning I have two Virginia's Warblers, a Black-throated Gray and a Brown Creeper.


Nic Korte, Grand Junction

 

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Date: 5/1/18 5:17 am
From: <rclarke32001...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Fruit Grower's Reservoir
Sunday: Caspian Tern, Forster's tern, Willets and Long-billed Dowitcher


Bob
 

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Date: 4/30/18 3:21 pm
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Solitary Sandpiper in Telluride (San Miguel County)
Hello Western Slope Birders:

I was pleasantly surprised to accidentally flush a Solitary Sandpiper
today. It was foraging around the small pond at the west end of town (the
east end of the valley floor).

A documenting photo and the complete list can be viewed here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45111406

Good birding,
Eric
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Telluride, CO
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Date: 4/30/18 12:17 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
The last birds I saw in the gloaming Friday evening were six Sandhill Cranes walking through shallow water on the north side of the road.
Just before that I spent an hour and a half trying to find the ten Whimbrels Jim Wallace had texted me about seeing.
Several hours after receiving his text I was able to ID two for sure but they were with twenty Willets and several other large unidentified sandpipers moving around in front of a row of phragmites reeds. And my vision sucks.
There were
4 Franklins Gulls,
one Bonaparte,
Common/Forsters Terns,
Wilson’s Phalaropes
LB Dowitchers,
1 Marbled Godwit,
2 Whimbrels
Yellowlegs
47 !! Willets
37 White-Faced Ibis
6 Sandhill Cranes
Avocets
40 Yellow-headed BB
More on eBird

Since then migrants have been moving through quickly. Maria Rodriguez and I arrived in Hart’s Basin early Sunday morning and had a hard time finding much to look at.
There were only five pelicans, four dowitchers, one Willet, a few YHBB and Corms, various Grebes and dabbling ducks.

We then checked out Sweitzer SP where two Caspian Terns were the birds of the day.

Good birding!
Andrea Robinsong


 

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Date: 4/30/18 10:58 am
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
The last birds I saw in the gloaming Friday evening were six Sandhill Cranes walking through shallow water on the north side of the road.
Just before that I spent an hour and a half trying to find the ten Whimbrels Jim Wallace had texted me about seeing.
Several hours after receiving his text I was able to ID two for sure but they were with twenty Willets and several other large unidentified sandpipers moving around in front of a row of phragmites reeds. And my vision sucks.
There were
4 Franklins Gulls,
one Bonaparte,
Common/Forsters Terns,
Wilson’s Phalaropes
LB Dowitchers,
1 Marbled Godwit,
2 Whimbrels
Yellowlegs
47 !! Willets
37 White-Faced Ibis
6 Sandhill Cranes
Avocets
40 Yellow-headed BB
More on eBird

Since then migrants have been moving through quickly. Maria Rodriguez and I arrived in Hart’s Basin early Sunday morning and had a hard time finding much to look at.
There were only five pelicans, four dowitchers, one Willet, a few YHBB and Corms, various Grebes and dabbling ducks.

We then checked out Sweitzer SP where two Caspian Terns were the birds of the day.

Good birding!
Andrea Robinsong


 

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Date: 4/30/18 7:37 am
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Friday night and Sunday morning at Fruitgrowers
The last birds I saw in the gloaming Friday evening were six Sandhill Cranes walking through shallow water on the north side of the road.
Just before that I spent an hour and a half trying to find the ten Whimbrels Jim Wallace had texted me about seeing.
Several hours after receiving his text I was able to ID two for sure but they were with twenty Willets and several other large unidentified sandpipers moving around in front of a row of phragmites reeds. And my vision sucks.
There were
4 Franklins Gulls,
one Bonaparte,
Common/Forsters Terns,
Wilson’s Phalaropes
LB Dowitchers,
1 Marbled Godwit,
2 Whimbrels
Yellowlegs
47 !! Willets
37 White-Faced Ibis
6 Sandhill Cranes
Avocets
40 Yellow-headed BB
More on eBird

Since then migrants have been moving through quickly. Maria Rodriguez and I arrived in Hart’s Basin early Sunday morning and had a hard time finding much to look at.
There were only five pelicans, four dowitchers, one Willet, a few YHBB and Corms, various Grebes and dabbling ducks.

We then checked out Sweitzer SP where two Caspian Terns were the birds of the day.

Good birding!
Andrea Robinsong


 

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Date: 4/29/18 7:33 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Around Nucla today!
Greetings,Brenda and I did a tour from Nucla to Uravan to Paradox and home. There are lots of migrants passing through. Best shorebirds were White-faced Ibis, Snowy Egret, American Avocets, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Spotted Sandpipers at the Paradox Ponds. Flycatchers and vireos, Gray Flycatcher, lots of Ash-throated and Western Kingbirds and a dozen Black Phoebes, Plumbeous and Gray Vireo. We did find all swallow species finally today. We did see Lark Sparrows, 4 Black-throated Sparrows and Lincoln Sparrow (at our feeder). Warblers, Orange-crowned, Virginia's, Yellow, Black-throated Gray, Yellow-rumped, and Yellow-breasted Chat were common along the San Miguel River. We can even throw in a Black-headed Grosbeak or two.
Back at our home in Nucla we has three new yard species for the month, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, and Bullock's Oriole. We now have 7 hummingbird feeders up and more hummers than we can count. The three oriole and tanager feeders (grape jelly and oranges) really are a big hit with the birds.We did see 85 species today so migration is really picking up.Good birding,Brenda and Coen

 

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Date: 4/29/18 2:10 pm
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Fwd: FOS


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> Had a FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher on the Flume Trail of Mcinnis Canyons. It was harassed out of the cottonwood grove by HOFIs & Yellow-rumps. Lots of Black-throated Sparrows too.
> Carol Ortenzio
> Grand Junction
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 4/29/18 11:32 am
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Good birding Part 2
Addendum: I forgot to mention for Katey Buster : She also had a Green Heron being harassed by a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds down in western Connected Lakes. They did it twice in two different locations on the pond.
Carol Ortenzio
GrandJjunction
 

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Date: 4/29/18 11:13 am
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Good Birding [1 Attachment]
This little guy is too pretty not to share. Found him & some friends down at Horsethief Canyon SWA this am. I was hoping to see the Plumbeous Vireo, but no luck. I did find a Western Wood-Peewee & a Lazuli Bunting. Katey Buster birded the western side of Connected Lakes this am & she asked me to post that she had lots of Kinglets, a Plumbeous Vireo, Yellow Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeak, & also a Lazuli Bunting. Lots of birds despite the wind!
Carol Ortenzio
Grand Junction



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Date: 4/28/18 7:30 pm
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Warblers in the woods
Saw both yellow and Virginias warblers up on the 265 road today and a western kingbird just east of Paonia. Yesterday on curecanti creek all I found were robins.

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Date: 4/28/18 6:03 pm
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Monument Birds
Posted for Katey Buster:
For those of you that like to exercise & bird at the same time, some good birds are back at the Monument. Judy West & I saw & heard two Gray Vireos chasing each other & they were really close to us at the Devil’s Kitchen Picnic Area....they were exhibiting this behavior for at least 30 minutes until we left to hike up to Serpent ‘s Trail (mating behavior, I presume). Great to see a Black-chinned Hummer was back as well as a dozen White-throated Swifts circling & chattering above and a Gray Jay (uncommon for here) was seen at the top. Best of all, about 200 feet from the top, I stopped to listen to what I thought was a Black-throated Gray Warbler & watched a bird zoom by.....this happened about 100 feet later & then at 5700 feet near the top the BTGW landed in a shrub right in front of us & the yellow lore was totally visible. ( I think we were seeing two separate birds ) See the eBird list.
Katey Buster
Grand Junction

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Date: 4/28/18 4:02 pm
From: 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] California Quail NO, Caspian Tern - Rio Blanco Lake
We looked for the California Quail at Dinosaur again Friday Eve / Saturday am for a total of seven hours. The quail vocalized once and proved that it is still present but it never showed itself. I resolved to never again chase other peoples birds. Lets see how long that lasts.

Good birding to & from. Caspian Tern and Red-Breasted Merganser at Rio Blanco lake, Common Loons and Snowy Egret at Kenney Reservoir (all still there today). On Raven Ridge Blk-thrted Gray Warbler, Rock and Bewicks Wrens, western Bluebirds and at Dinosaur FOS Bullocks Oriole, Chipping & Lark Sparrows, Grn-tailed towhee. Tundra Swan reported at Rifle Rest Stop was not there today. Enjoyed seeing and birding with Glenn Walbek both days.

Tom & Kay




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Date: 4/28/18 1:39 pm
From: Carol Ortenzio <protenz78...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] FOS
Had a FOS Western Kingbird in the yard here in the Redlands, as well as an Ash-throated Flycatcher today. Still only 2 male Black-chinned Hummingbirds - no girls yet!
Carol Ortenzio
Grand Junction

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Date: 4/28/18 6:08 am
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Miramonte, San Miguel County

Greetings,
Brenda and I birded Miramonte and San Miguel County yesterday. It was really nice to see a big flock of American White Pelicans overhead. A complete list of birds can be seen by visiting the attached link.Yesterday morning in the yard, we finally got Evening Grosbeaks at our feeders. Late afternoon three warbler species made a showing, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, and Yellow for over 50 yard species this month.We did see 4 Western Kingbirds yesterday in the P/J so they are coming. Flycatchers are real late this spring, I suspect because of the dry conditions.
Brenda and Coen



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Date: 4/28/18 6:04 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Blue jay calling
About Minnesota and 5th in Paonia.

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Date: 4/28/18 1:44 am
From: leon stigen <lstigen531...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Late Birds
Wow! Has anyone seen a Western Kingbird yet?!!! Not me, and they are
usually one of the first migrants to arrive!!! Today, I hiked the long hike
in to the rim of Knowles Canyon and back. Bone tired now, but I will tell
you this, this is the best place around to see and hear lots of Black
throated Gray warblers and quite a few gray flycatchers too. The Virginia's
warblers seem late, and it is bone dry up there, almost like July or August
instead of the last of April!
Lee Stigen
Grand Junction

 

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Date: 4/27/18 6:58 pm
From: Dick FILBY <dickfilby...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Spring Park resr, El Jebel, Eagle Cty Friday evening
Hi all

Popped up to Spring Park this gorgeous, calm, sunny Spring evening..

Still a great variety of ducks, tho numbers much reduced in past week..


Barrows Goldeneye 7

Common Goldeneye 2

3 spp Teal, Redhead, Ring-n. Lesser Scaup, Am.Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, N.Shoveler, Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Ruddy all represented


Sandhill Crane 1 (hopefully the other is sitting tight someplace)


Western, Pied-billed and Eared Grebes


American Avocet 8

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Marbled Godwit 1

White-faced Ibis 4

Ring-billed Gull 2

BUT No sign of any Yellow-headed Blackbirds and we have only had a couple in our backyard

Talking of which.. Broad-tailed Hummer (male) finally found our feeders today
Lincolns Sparrow still 2
White-crowned Sparrow several
Green-tailed Towhee FOS
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Mourning Dove now 2 they are first in ages and are actually seeing off the Eurasian Collared Doves.. way to go!!

Good birding all
Dick Filby
Carbondale

 

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Date: 4/27/18 6:29 pm
From: 'Eric A. Maatta' <ericmaatta...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] 1st Broad-tailed Hummingbird in GJ
It must truly be Spring here in Grand Junction: had our 1st Broad-tailed Hummingbird zooming to the feeders on our patio this evening.

Eric and Cary in GJ
 

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Date: 4/27/18 6:01 pm
From: Andrea Robinsong <aturdusong...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Fruitgrowers now
More Large shorebirds here tonight than I’ve seen here in years.
Andrea Robinsong
 

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Date: 4/27/18 6:30 am
From: Dennis Garrison <dennisgarrison...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] blue jay still in Paonia
I heard it out the bedroom window about 645 this morning, two calls from the yard and then another faintly as it went on its way.


Dennis Garrison

Paonia, Delta County

 

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Date: 4/26/18 4:54 pm
From: 'Tom and Kay McConnell' <immac...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Spring Valley (Garfield)
Kay & I went up to Spring Valley again this morning. I took some things to repair the gate on County Road 119 but it was open today. High point of the visit today was meeting the ranch foreman, who asked if had seen Sandhill Cranes today. He said that the cranes have been around for several weeks and for the past five summers. He pointed out the places where the cranes are usually found and said that he had found a nest while cutting hay last summer. The nest was at the same place we found two adults and a youngster two summers ago. We did not see the cranes today.

Returning sparrows, we saw only 4 Vespers (1 singing), maybe Brewers, Savannahs, Grn-tld Towhees will be back on the next visit. Song Sparrows and Spotted Towhees singing of course. Ylw-headed Blackbirds, Loggerhead Shrike and Wht-faced Ibis at the sod farm and a Sora calling from the sod farm marsh. The CMC slough had ducks but no shorebirds today.

Dinner in Vernal, UT tomorrow night. Im ordering quail.

Tom & Kay

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Date: 4/26/18 12:34 pm
From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Broad-winged Hawk and Rocky Mountain White-crowned Sparrow
Greetings,
Yesterday at 12:20 PM an adult light phase Broad-winged Hawk flew over the yard after circling up to head north. At the feeders we now have several Rocky Mountain White-crowned Sparrows feeding with the wintering Gambel's White-crowns.
Brenda has been entering the e-Bird "yard" and "patch" listing this year. If I lived in Grand Junction or Delta County I would pick either Highline Reservoir & SP, Sweitzer SP, Confluence Park or Fruitgrowers for my patch and compete with anyone. Brenda's patch, Nucla 1st Park, is leading Colorado this month (April) with 113 species. There are more than 100 patches in Colorado, mostly east of the Divide.
Crazy new game!Coen

 

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Date: 4/26/18 8:29 am
From: <jcmoffatt_5...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] River Frontj Trail on 29 Road, Grand Junction
The River Front Trail ponds in Grand Junction off 29 Road where filled with migrants today. Spotted 6 Shovelers, 2 American Avocets, 6 White-faced Ibis, 4 Double-Crested Cormorants, 2 Cinnamon Teal, a Great Egret, 2 Osprey, a Red Tail, 1 Coot, 4 Killdeer, 3 Eared Grebes, and 14 GBH.
Connee Moffatt
Grand Junction
 

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Date: 4/26/18 12:19 am
From: <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] 8 Shorebird Species at Totten R., Montezuma County [5 Attachments]
(Maybe I've figured out how to attach photos now...)

I birded from Yellow Jacket Canyon to Cortez today; thanks to the Durango folks for posting their sightings at Yellow Jacket Canyon yesterday - that really helped me find
Scarlet Tanager
Virginia's Warbler
Lucy's Warbler
Plumbeous Vireo
and a Sage Thrasher up above the canyon.

At Totten Reservoir, just east of Cortez, sightings included:
Sandhill Crane
White-faced Ibis
American Avocet
Killdeer
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper (I least I'm pretty sure it's Least Sandpiper)
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper (across the road from Totten, at Simon Draw)
Willet
Sora
Snowy Egret (4)

Thanks to Linda and Glenn for helping me find the birds at Totten.

Erik Hendrickson
Cortez, CO


 

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Date: 4/25/18 11:18 pm
From: <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] 8 Shorebird Species at Totten R., Montezuma County [5 Attachments]
I birded from Yellow Jacket Canyon to Cortez today; thanks to the Durango folks for posting their sightings at Yellow Jacket Canyon yesterday - that really helped me find
Scarlet Tanager
Virginia's Warbler
Lucy's Warbler
Plumbeous Vireo
and a Sage Thrasher up above the canyon.

At Totten Reservoir, just east of Cortez, sightings included:
Sandhill Crane
White-faced Ibis
American Avocet
Killdeer
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper (I least I'm pretty sure it's Least Sandpiper)
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper (across the road from Totten, at Simon Draw)
Willet
Sora
Snowy Egret (4)

Thanks to Linda and Glenn for me find the birds at Totten.

Erik Hendrickson
Cortez, CO



 

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Date: 4/25/18 6:07 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Rio Blanco SWA & Kenny Res - [3 Attachments]
I birded in Rio Blanco County this morning. My best bird at Kenny Reservoir was a Black-crowned Night-heron. I also saw 2 Snowy Egrets, 2 White-faced Ibis and 10 American White Pelicans.

My best bird at Rio Blanco Lake SWA my best bird was a Caspian Tern. I also saw a Marbled Godwit, a Willet, 2 Western Sandpipers, 6 Least Sandpipers and 4 American White Pelicans.

Can you find the Black-crowned Night-heron?

Vic Zerbi


 

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Date: 4/24/18 9:42 pm
From: <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Yellowjacket Canyon, Montezuma Co.
Today, 4/24/18, I went to Yellowjacket Canyon with Peter Derven. We located 7 LUCY'S WARBLERS along the creek and expect that there could be at least 5 territories. Other warblers in the riparian zone included: Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Virginia's Warbler (2), and Yellow Warbler (2). An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was located on the downstream section of the creek. A Plumbeous Vireo and Gray Flycatcher were also seen.
Sorry if this is a duplicate post. The first didn't seem to send.
Susan Allerton
Durango



 

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Date: 4/24/18 9:34 pm
From: <sallerton...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Yellowjacket Canyon, Montezuma Co. 4/24/18
Today, 4/24/18, I went to Yellowjacket Canyon with Peter Derven. We located 7 LUCY'S WARBLERS along the creek and expect that there could be at least 5 territories. Other warblers in the riparian zone included: Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Virginia's Warbler (2), and Yellow Warbler (2). An adult male SUMMER TANAGER was located on the downstream section of the creek. A Plumbeous Vireo and Gray Flycatcher were also seen.
Susan Allerton
Durango



 

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Date: 4/24/18 4:22 pm
From: 'robgret tds.net' <robgret...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] male Bullock's Oriole
FOS seen on Orchard St. in Hotchkiss this afternoon.

Robin Nicholoff

Hotchkiss


 

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Date: 4/23/18 11:31 pm
From: <erik.hendrickson755...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Monday Birds at Totten Reservoir (Montezuma County)
It seems like something new shows up every day:
Forster's Tern, 1
American Avocets, 5
Wilson's Phalaropes, 6 (all females, I think)

Erik Hendrickson
Cortez, CO


 

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Date: 4/23/18 8:16 pm
From: Gary Faust - Lisa Edwards <lagh2...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Taylor Draw/Kenny Res
All,
There is both a cattle egret and snowy egret at the far east end at the beginning of the cattails.

Lisa Edwards
Palmer Lake, CO

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Date: 4/23/18 5:06 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Broad-tailed Humminbird - Glenwood
Sandra saw our first Broad-tailed Hummingbird of the year at our feeders today.

Vic Zerbi
 

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Date: 4/23/18 2:52 pm
From: victor <victor...> [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply...>
Subject: [wsbn] Dunlin - Rio Blanco Lake SWA [2 Attachments]
I was birding in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties today. The best bird was a Dunlin at Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area in Rio Blanco County about 10:30 this morning. I have attached a couple of photos.

At the SWA I also saw 1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1 Wilson’s Phalarope, 5 Least Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Killdeer, 10 American Avocets, 1 Clark’s Grebe, 8 Western Grebe, 2 Am White Pelicans, I Osprey, 2 Bald Eagles, 9 Green-winged Teal, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Common Mergansers, 9 Gadwall, 16 Mallards, 4 Am. Wigeon, 7 Canada Geese. and 1 Marsh Wren.

Earlier in the morning I birded on County Road 59S near the Bitterroot SWA in Moffat County. Along the Road I saw 4 Long-billed Curlews, 2 Burrowing Owls, 8 Sage Grouse, 1 Northern Harriers, 1 Golden Eagle, 3 Sandhill Cranes, many Horned Larks and Vesper Sparrows, and a Green-tailed Towhee.

Vic Zerbi


 

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