Western Grebe – No Magic

After my last post on birders trying to turn Common Goldeneye to Barrow’s Goldeneye, you thought I would have learned. Nope. My first day in the Grand Junction area was spent wasting too much time trying to turn a Western Grebe into a Clark’s Grebe.

My first photo from the Grand Junction area. Looking west after the obligatory Starbucks stop. 12/4/16

The day started out exactly like I hoped. Clear and cold (17F). I was at Highline Lake State Park in under a half hour. It was as quiet as birding in winter in Midwest. The difference though was no backdrop noise of cars or machinery like you hear in the Midwest.

The real reason I go to Grand Junction. The wide open scenery. The view north from the south end of Highline Lake.

I was one of the few people at the park besides the rangers. And the birding was slow but I didn’t mind as I walked the trails for a few hours.

What would a stocked lake be without a Bald Eagle? 12/4/16

Of course there were deer. They must be less numerous since the Park Ranger made a point of telling me where the deer were located. 12/4/16

Ruby-crowned Kinglet were numerous on the trip, which surprised me. I’m going to do a separate post on them at a later date. 12/4/16

I stumbled upon a Say’s Phoebe at the south end of the lake. From a distance I initially took it to be an American Robin. 12/4/16

And yes it wagged its tail like all good phoebes. 12/4/16

A group of eight Wilson’s Snipe were on the runoff stream below the dam. A hearty bunch in the cold. 12/4/16

And now about Clark’s, I mean, Western Grebe.

Western Grebe

I first encountered the Western Grebe when they were in the middle of the lake. With the crown looking like it might be above the eye, the one on the right looked possible for Clark’s Grebe. 12/4/16

So I spent more time than I should waiting for them to get closer. 12/4/16

I didn’t mind waiting because I could enjoy the western skyline. 12/4/16

Even at a distance this cropped photo shows the dark surrounding the eye on the first grebe. Obviously a Western Grebe. 12/4/16

I can’t work any magic on the other grebe. The dark area surrounds the eye, though it’s faint.  Western Grebe. It was fun waiting and watching though. 12/4/16

Next on to the real reason for the trip.

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Goldeneye – No Question

I have seen numerous Common Goldeneye over the years but never a Barrow’s Goldeneye. During my first year of birding one of my three life chases was for a female Barrow’s Goldeneye. She was hanging with a group of female Common Goldeneye on the Illinois River at Peoria. I easily found the Goldeneyes and spent an hour in the freezing weather but never could turn one of the Common’s into a Barrow.


Barrow’s Goldeneye at Silverthorne Sewage Ponds. 12/3/16

There had been discussion on the Illinois listserv if one was a Barrow’s or not with the prevailing wisdom the bill was yellow enough for a Barrow’s. I have since seen this argument numerous times as people try to turn a Common into a Barrow’s. Especially in Illinois where a Barrow’s does occasionally turn up in a flock of Common.

Well let me say after spending a couple of minutes at the Silverthorne Sewage Ponds there isn’t an argument on Goldeneye differences. 

Colorado County Birding states the Silverthorne Sewage Ponds are a reliable spot to see Barrow’s Goldeneye in the winter. Since it is only two miles off I-70 I thought I’d stop and see for myself if there is a case for arguing about the species.

It was cold, windy, and snowing in the mountains when I stopped. Luckily the ponds are right on the main drag since I wanted to keep moving and get back down to lower altitude.

Immediately upon exiting the car I saw a group of Barrow’s and immediately recognized them. Not even close to the markings on a Common Goldeneye. I know I was close but the difference was easily apparent. The crescent on the male Barrow’s looks nothing like the round spot on the Common. And the all yellow bill of female didn’t hint at the Common’s mostly black bill.

A zoomed shot of Barrow’s Goldeneye showing the large crescent of the male and all yellow bill of the female. 12/3/16

A few weeks later and I’m on the Connecticut coast looking at a distant raft of Common Goldeneye. Even at this distance there is no doubt they are Common. 12/26/16


Other species at the Siverthorne Sewage ponds included American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, and Gadwall . You can’t tell from the photo but the weather was deteriorating quickly. 12/3/16

The only non-waterfowl species at Silverthorne was a Black-billed Magpie, a species I would see at every stop. 12/3/16

I made one more stop on the day at the Gypsum Ponds where a flock of Black-billed Magpies flew over heading to the hills for the evening. 12/3/16

Then off to Grand Junction to start the real trip.

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Genesee Mountain Park – CO 2nd Stop

I left off my December Colorado trip with the noise of airplanes and geese at the Denver Airport Road. The geese weren’t quite as loud as the day back in Jan 2015 or the planes as bad as London in April 2016 , but together they made enough noise to be noticed. Especially compared to Genesee Mountain Park.

Genesee Mountain Park

The view north from near the peak of Genesee Mountain Park 12/3/16

Going forward on Colorado trips I plan to take different routes to Grand Junction and bird different areas. Since this was a winter trip I decided to stick close to I-70. I had picked out 3 spots within a couple of miles of the interstate which would give the best chance of seeing species I probably wouldn’t encounter in the Grand Junction area. And since the goal of the trip was to prepare for June’s BBS routes I wanted to hear Pygmy Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadees, species I will encounter in June.

The first stop was Genesee Mountain Park about 20 miles west of Denver. With the chance of snow at higher elevations this was the only high elevation site I planned to bird on the trip. Plus, it is very convenient with the entrance right off the exit ramp.

Upon arriving I was flagged down by Forest Service Workers which didn’t bode well. But all they wanted to know was if I was going to cut my own Christmas Tree. Seems they keep the tree population in check by letting people cut their own trees. I headed to the back of the park to avoid the crowd which meant I had to negotiate through vehicles, adults, kids, and dogs along the narrow park road. And of course it was in a light snow.

The lightly covered path at Genesse Park. 12/3/16

Upon reaching the end of the road my fears of mass people were unfounded as there was only a couple walking their dog. So I expected I would be able to hear the birds. I proceeded up the trail towards the 8300′ peak and it was Quiet.


Unlike the noise at the airport road it was just me and my thoughts. And the wind blowing through the trees.

No birds, just the wind blowing through the pine and fir trees. 12/3/16

It goes on like this for a half hour of walking.

No peeps, chips, or even a Common Raven flying over. Quiet. Knowing I still have over three hours to Grand Junction I decide it’s a bust and take another trial back to the car.

About 10 minutes from the car, which meant about 45 minutes total walking, I finally hear a peep. It is distant in the trees. Should I go on or track it down? I decide to track it down and see birds darting in the tops of the Pine Trees.

Finally Pygmy Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadees. The species I was hoping to see. It’s an active flock and I follow them from tree to tree hoping for a good look and/or photo. I get looks but never a decent photo.

The nuthatches spent most of their time moving rapidly from one pine tree to the next. 12/3/16

With the impending drive I head back to the car where I get one and only one photo of a chickadee.

I got extremely lucky as this Mountain Chickadee only sat still for a second. 12/3/16

On the drive back to the interstate I see a couple more birds and end up with 6 species on the list. At least they were the species I wanted to see. What else should I have expected at elevation on a cold winter’s day?

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Eastern Screech-Owl – Weekend Highlight

First of all does anyone know why the ABA uses a hyphen between Screech and Owl in Eastern Screech-Owl and other lists like Clement’s don’t? Have you tried doing a comparison between the two lists using lookup software? Doesn’t work so easy. Why can’t we be consistent in the naming of species?

Anyway, the goal for the weekend was to find an Eastern Screech-Owl closer to home than sites I know in the Atterbury- Johnson County Park Area. On my weekend birding I have been keeping an eye out for the right habitat and think I know of 3-4 places that might have them.

After the wind and rain of Saturday, Sunday morning was a perfect day to check. The air was crisp and cold with no wind. I don’t go out real early since I have discovered Eastern Screech-Owls will respond to a recording about an hour before sunrise.

Arriving around 7AM and making the 5 minute walk I was right on time. It didn’t take but a minute before one and then two showed up. At first I thought I had called in a Barred Owl because the wing span seemed too wide for a screech-owl. Sibley’s lists the wingspan of an Eastern Screech-Owl at 20″, half of a Barred Owl’s. It must have been the dark and the fact the wing goes from the back of the head to almost the end of the tail.

One of the owls must have infringed on the other’s territory because I watched them harass each other off and on for the next 20 minutes. Several times one would fly straight at the other and the receding one would do the screech call flying away.

Finally it was getting light and they flew their separate ways.

I’ll be checking the other sites for Eastern Screech-Owls and also Northern Saw-whet Owls over the course of the winter.

Otherwise my time was reviewing the local species.

Eastern Screech-Owl

I took one photo of the Eastern Screech-Owl with my flash. The red-eye has been removed and the photo has been lightened. 1/1/17

An American Kestrel showing the diagnostic 3 “sideburns” and looking intensely at prey. 1/1/17

Like most of the birds on Sunday American Tree Sparrows were hunkered down in the brush. Franklin Township Community Park 1/1/17

Brown Creepers must not worry about the cold, at least not when the sun came out. Franklin Township Community Park 1/1/17

This Mourning Dove didn’t move on close approach. It was early and it appeared cold. Franklin Township Community Park 1/1/17

The retaining ponds in Greenwood were half-open. Canada Geese, Mallards, and a couple of American Coots were the only species present. Most flew out to the fields right after sunrise. 1/1/17

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Bushwhacking Birder Quick 2016 Recap

Since it appears to be a tradition for bloggers to pick their annual favorites, here is my 2016 recap on a few of my favorites.

2016 Recap – My 3 Favorite Photos

This might be the only White-eyed Vireos photo I ever get since they never sit up for photos. Johnson County Park 4/24/16

Mountain Bluebird – Fruita section of the Colorado River State Park – 12/7/16

Probably my new favorite species since I can never seem to see Carolina Wrens. Northern Flicker – Driftwood SFA – 7/25/16

2016 Recap – My 3 Favorite Adventures

London in April with my wife. What else to say?

An adventure I haven’t had time to post. American Dipper – Veltus Park, Glenwood Springs, CO 12/7/16

Far and away the best thing I did in 2016, two USGS North American Breeding Bird Surveys. Shelby County, IN 6/12/16

2016 Recap – My 3 Highest Viewed Blog Posts

In July I wrote a short post on The World’s Smallest Dove that continues to be viewed.

One of the first posts I wrote back in December 2013 which keeps getting viewed – The Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow.

2016 Recap

The winner by far this year was the October post on the Red-tailed Vulture I initially thought was a Red-tailed Hawk but was a Red-shouldered. Just proves people like the macabre.

2016 Recap – Best Blog Posts – Other Bloggers

I got this from a link in a blog post. Not the pretty side of birding – Rare Siberian Accentor attracts hundreds to Easington car park. Not noted here but I think this is the twitch where the crowd got ugly when they only got 10 minutes to view the bird.

A post by the Wanstead Birder was the funniest blog post I read all year – Rocking. I just kept laughing.

The last paragraph of the Birding dude ‘s post on the Tough Going For Birds Sharing The Beach At Cupsogue County Park sums up my feelings about the state of birds and birders. Enough said.

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Brant Flight – Weekend Highlight

Before I continue with posts from my recent Colorado trip I’ll have to inject a post or two from birding Connecticut this past weekend. The weather was a little cooler than last year’s 70F temperatures but was still pleasant with the highs in the upper 40’s. I birded the local reservoir a couple of days and made my usual holiday trip to the Long Island Sound. There were several personal highlights but I’ll go with the Brant Flight as the main highlight.

We did enjoy a White Christmas. The area had received 8″ of snow the previous week.

As with all of the Northeast the continuing drought lowered the water level at the local reservoir. I’m not sure this had an effect on birding but I didn’t see any loons as in past years. Since most of the species I saw there are the same as the Midwest I’ll jump to the ocean.

The red lines are the normal waterline. I’m guessing the reservoir has dropped a good 8-10 feet.

I overdressed both days birding the reservoir. Unlike the Midwest I think it has to do with the hills and trees blocking the wind. So of course I under-dressed at the ocean where the winds were coming off the water dropping the temperature 10-20 degrees. I managed to layer up with some old clothes in my nephew’s trunk and made a day of it.

A view to the east where the strong SE winds were originating.

As usual I spent most of the day at Sherwood Island State Park since it has a pond, marshes, wooded area, and an ocean each. One of those spots I could see birding every day. The woods held the usual suspects and the pond had Mute Swans, Gadwall, and American Black Ducks.

brant flock

I’ll throw in a photo of American Black Duck since it’s a species we don’t see in large numbers in the Midwest.

The surprise of the day was a Greater Yellowlegs that made its presence known by giving its tu-tu-tu call. Checking a range map, it winters as far north as New England.

Common Goldeneye had the largest count on the water with several flocks flying by and landing. Red-breasted Mergansers were the other main species.

Not as many Long-tailed Ducks as in past years.

A distant photo that appear to be Scaup from the white wingbar. I’m leaning towards Greater since they are the expected species.

Brant Flight

After walking the park for almost three hours I was about ready to leave. I was going to climb over the break-wall, take a quick scan, and make the short walk back to the car.

brant flight

The last hurdle, the main break-wall in the park. Up and over and out of the cold!

As I get to the top the break wall I’m jolted by an eruption of birds with a strange call taking flight.


BRANT Flight flikr

They had been on the other side of the break wall.

I have never experienced a Brant Flight. The sudden flight and calling was like the Great Horned Owl experience from last week. A captivating scene that keeps one birding.

The quicker wing beats and more agile flight show the difference between Canada Geese and the smaller goose’s flight. More of a duck type flight than a goose’s.  I watched them until they were out of sight far to the east.

I wished they would have turned back but when they didn’t I headed to the car and on to my next stop.

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Canada Geese and Airport Equal Trouble?

In my last post from my recent Colorado trip I ended by asking about the Canada Geese I’d seen circling the airport area?

Well they were there. Hundreds congregating in a field.

I put the total at 8,000 but it was probably higher.

There are thousands of Canada Geese spread through the area. Many can’t even be seen.

The geese are moving left and look like PACMAN eating their way across the field.

Of course you can usually find something mixed in with this large of flock. Like Snow Geese.

Or a “Blue morph” Snow Goose. As seen on the right.

Now remember I’m only a few miles from the airport.

I’d just seen the movie Sully and my first thought was “doesn’t that many geese close to an airport equal trouble?”

On my previous trip I had been searching for Burrowing Owls which inhabit the surrounding plains. They were present with the large population of Prairie Dogs. Talking to one of the local photographers he said the Burrowing Owls are no longer present and had moved west. And he was amazed there were still so many raptors present.

The reason was because the local Prairie Dogs had been removed to another area.  And their colonies had been destroyed by the Wildlife Hazard Management Program at Denver International Airport to reduce the food for large raptors. If you read the “Other Wildlife” section in the link you’ll see Prairie Dogs don’t impose a threat but do attract larger wildlife which do pose a threat.

airport equal trouble

It still seemed no matter which direction I looked there was a raptor in view. Like this distant young Bald Eagle scouring the landscape.

So how to manage the large numbers of Canada Geese without turning the surrounding fields into a desert? This time of year the large fields of harvested corn are going to attract geese.  And I assume be a nuisance to planes.

It’ll be something I think about on my flight next June.

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SE Corner 2016 JC CBC Recap

I enjoy reading well written CBC recaps. You know the kind where the compiler takes the time to give an overview of the weather conditions, compare totals to other years, gives high or lows for each species, and misses and gains. Why are there so few written when there are so many CBC’s? Then again why are most reports a picture and few words on FB? Another topic to lament.

Mike will be compiling the total recap for the 2016 JC CBC but the numbers should be above average for the complete count. The groups saw several species we usually miss or see every few years. Plus there was waterfowl on Lamb Lake for the first time in several years.

Now for the SE Corner of the 2016 JC CBC which Megan and I have covered this territory the last several years. The area entrails Johnson County Park, the public side of Atterbury FWA, Driftwood SFA, and Irwin Park in Edinburgh.

We weren’t sure there was even going to be a count because the weather was predicted to be cold, which wasn’t the problem. But a slight coating of ice was also expected. Which we did get. But the main roads were heavily salted and weren’t a problem.

I was out by 6AM and owling by 6:45. I no sooner turned the Eastern-screech Owl recording on and one was within 10 feet. Probably the easiest one I ever called in.  Then on to the Great Horned Owl area and it was apparent the side roads were going to be a problem.

I stopped and let hunters drive by and debated if I really wanted to try for Great Horned or not. Seeing as I still had an hour to sunrise and it was Sunday morning, I figured if I took my time I could manage the two miles on ice. Going 15mph the roads were manageable.

This proved to be one of the best birding choices I ever made.

Finally arriving at the location I stood outside the car for 25 minutes listening for the Great Horned Owls to call. I don’t know if it was the wind or weather but I never heard them calling. First time in 5 years I have missed them.

Ten minutes from the listed sunrise of 8AM I decided to get my bagel out of the lunchbox in the back seat. I get the bagel and turn to get into the driver seat.

Not 50 yards away I see a Great Horned Owl fly into a group of pines.

I have listened to this Great Horned Owl many times over the years and have even seen it a couple of times on telephone pole, but now I’m pretty sure I know where it roosts.

And those few seconds of seeing the owl fly into the pines is what keeps me getting up and going birding every chance I get.

We got started late since Megan had issues since her area had even worse roads. We finally started in Johnson County Park where we saw the strangest bird of the day.

2016 JC CBC

The strangest encounter of the day was a Ring-billed Gull at Johnson County Park. We don’t see gulls in this area let alone on a frigid day??

At the park’s compost site we saw all the expected sparrows plus a little bit uncommon Field Sparrow.

The American Tree Sparrow were staying low out of the wind to feed. But what else was with them?

We kept thinking there was a Field Sparrow mixed in the flock. “You looking for me?”

Yep, Field Sparrow.

We continued on over the frozen roads picking up a few species here and there. There was zero on the water at Driftwood SFA.

No waterfowl but a Yellow-rumped Warbler showed nicely at Driftwood SWA.

Mike had seen a Winter Wren at Irwin Park earlier in the week and sure enough it was there Sunday. But it didn’t stay still long enough for any photos for Mike or us. Canada Geese were seen which were the only waterfowl on the day.

After lunch I stopped by the Wilson Snipe area where I flushed three.

This is what snipe habitat looks like in the cold of winter. I would be heading south if I was a snipe…

The snipe area also had a Killdeer hidden in the weeds.

Megan and I ended up with 38 species which is just below the territory’s 4-year average of 39. The Field Sparrow was the only new species added. We saw another lone Ring-billed Gull a few years ago so this year was not the first. Frozen ponds led to notable misses of Mallard and Great Blue Heron. Otherwise we saw the expected species in the expected numbers.

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Denver Airport Road – Colorado 1st Stop

The plan was pretty basic. Early flight into Denver, bird Denver Airport Road, and then check out a few areas close to I-70 on the four-hour drive to Grand Junction. Most of these stops would be to see birds I probably wouldn’t see in Western Colorado.

The day’s first would be Airport Rd. at Denver International Airport. Number 1 on the map. Map “Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.”

The adventure started uneventfully out of Indianapolis. But 30 minutes in the plane took a big dip.

The kind similar to where your car hits a big bump and your stomach ends up in your chest.

Nothing flew to the ceiling but the seat belt sign came on quick and the flight attendants sat right down. And this was the way it was for an hour. Up and down and left and right. The pilot came on and regretfully reported all west bound flights were scrambling to find a smooth altitude. First time in a long time I saw flight attendants handing out barf bags. I kept my mind off of it by listening to bird calls!

Finally about a half hour out it leveled off and we made a smooth landing in the fog.

Fog?? What the @x$#??

You can see the fog behind the plane with the bluebird. I think I see orange on the throat so will list it as an Eastern Bluebird.

Fog had not been forecast and could put a damper on the beginning of the trip. So I took my time in the terminal and eventually headed out hoping as the sun rose it would burn off the fog. And the fog did slowly lift and by the time I arrived at the first stop it was pretty well gone.

The first stop like my last trip was the Airport Road around Denver International Airport. The target last time was Burrowing Owl and this time it was Ferruginous Hawk. I had spent quite a bit of time the last couple of months watching our local Red-tailed Hawks so I would hopefully be able to quickly tell the difference. From what I read this habitat, arid treeless grassland, would be good for Ferruginous Hawks. A quick check of eBird showed a few had been seen in the area.

On the way to Airport Road I kept seeing huge flocks of Canada Geese circling over. I didn’t pay much attention to them since hawks were my goal.

Luckily the main road was detoured a mile west and north. After making the jog west, then north, I was headed back east when I saw a hawk sitting on a piece of irrigation equipment. My first thought was Red-tailed Hawk since I had already seen one a little further back.

At this point the studying paid off.

I could tell the hawk was “larger” than a Red-tailed and the way it was sitting on the antenna was “different”. Pulling off the road and getting a better look, be it slightly into the sun, and I could see it was a Ferruginous Hawk.

A little bit larger, no belly band, and a white tail – Ferruginous Hawk. Denver Airport Rd.

The hawk let me look for a minute and flew back to additional equipment. The upper wing was a different shade of brown and when it swooped up the whitish tail was prominent. Definitely not a Red-tailed Hawk.

I might be imagining this but the Ferruginous Hawk seems “bigger”. Denver Airport Rd.

Getting back to the car I noticed the hawk had flown off. I proceed to get off the detour and on to the less traveled country roads slowly scouring the landscape. It wasn’t long before I see a large bird sitting in a field, another trait of Ferruginous Hawks.

Not the sharpest photo but I had read where unlike other hawks Ferruginous Hawks hunt by sitting in fields. I was glad to spot one. Denver Airport Rd.

I watched it preen for several minutes. It didn’t appear to be hunting, just preening. But it probably didn’t pick that spot at random and I just didn’t see it go after breakfast.

By watching it preen I could see the difference in the brown compared to a Red-tailed Hawk. And the tail was white. Denver Airport Rd.

A further down the road I spot Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel all hunting the area, with most too far away for photos.

A Northern Harrier came close to the road hunting along a ditch. Denver Airport Road

I spoke to a couple of photographers that pointed out some additional distant raptors. One said there was a dead Rough-legged Hawk up the road though I didn’t go check it out.

While talking to the photographers a Ferruginous Hawk flew past. By the time I got the camera up it is almost past. The difference from a Red-tailed Hawk is becoming more noticeable.

The white tail and primary wing panel are distinctive even at this distance. Denver Airport Road

Same field marks can be seen on this long distance photo. Denver Airport Road







After spending much longer than my allotted hour it’s time to move on.

Denver Airport Road

Even this close to a major city and airport the landscape is forlorn. Denver Airport Road

But what of the Canada Geese?

More on that in my next post.

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Local Birds – Weekend Highlight

My local birding this past weekend wasn’t too intense since returning from the week birding Western Colorado. I spent my time watching and listening to the local birds. I think I have previously stated I don’t like the term “common” species. Nothing common about any of them. So I like to use “local birds”.

I know at times we all take local species for granted. They are always present and at times the only birds we see or here. But after birding Western Colorado last week I’ll try not to take them for granted anymore.

Because several times I would have welcomed the chip or peep from one of our local birds.

Several days I walked the trails in Western Colorado and I’d go for long periods of time without the hint of a bird. But to be fair a couple of mornings were the same as birding here on a cold winter’s morning.

At a couple of locations I would here the calls of Black-capped Chickadees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, or even Song Sparrows. But all-in-all it was basically quiet.

Walking last Saturday back home in the same weather conditions it was good to hear our local birds – Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, and White-breasted Nuthatches.

local birds

The constant chip note of the Northern Cardinal was missed in Western Colorado. Some type of seed must have fallen overnight because all the birds were on the ground eating. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

In Colorado I would occasionally encounter flocks of 10-12 Dark-eyed Juncos. I’ll have more to report on the color variations in a later post.

One of the few birds I did hear in Colorado was the flick of the Northern Flicker. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

On this trip I didn’t encounter the Tufted Titmouse counterpart the Juniper Titmouse. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

Probably the most vocal of the small songbirds in Colorado was the Black-capped Chickadee. Just like this Carolina Chickadee is here. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

The Yack call of the White-breasted Nuthatch was missed in Colorado. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

One of the odd feelings in Colorado was the lack of calling woodpeckers. The occasional Northern Flicker but never anything like our Red-bellied Woodpecker. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

The only local bird with a similar species was the Blue Jay. It seems at every stop be it birding or the gas station, I heard a Black-billed Magpie calling in the distance. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

Saturday morning I was being watched under the careful eye of a coyote. He didn’t get too excited by my presence but kept a watchful eye on me. Southeastway Park 12/10/16

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