This will be a short post to wrap up the travelogue portion of the Colorado trip. A later post will compare it to other areas I have birded.
Since I didn’t fly out of Denver until late in the day, I had some time to bird on the drive back and still make the four-hour drive. I chose a city park in the tourist town of Glenwood Springs not far off the interstate since it was known for Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
The birding there was considerably different from what I had experienced the previous 5 days. Since the park was in a tourist town, it actually had people in the park. Which was unlike the more remote places I had been birding.
I don’t think I missed the Lewis’s Woodpecker, but it’s not going on my list. A bird with an undulating woodpecker flight flew over that was black with reddish underparts. Not a good enough view to call it a Lewis’s though. A little later I heard tapping from an adjoining private property which kept me from investigating. So Lewis’s is still off the life list.
I did see one more new bird in the small park. I first heard and then tracked down an empid. After getting a look it wasn’t hard to ID as a Cordilleran Flycatcher since it was bright yellow, unlike the gray empids I had been seeing on the trip.
Otherwise the park was quiet.
It was then back to the Denver Airport, a 2 hour wait that turned into a 5 hour wait due to thunderstorms, and getting home a lot later then planned at 2AM. Luckily I didn’t need to be anywhere the next day.
So for anyone keeping score out there, I ended the trip with 96 species of which 27 where life birds.