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.

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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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