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Bird list from South Dakota and Wyoming

On our recent trip to a family reunion in Spearfish, South Dakota, we saw the following birds:

  • American Robin
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart (lifer)
  • Lark Bunting (lifer)
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Barn Swallows
  • Magpie
  • House Sparrow
  • Pine Siskin
  • Mountain bluebird
  • Bobolink (lifer)
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mallard
  • American Crow

Birding at Colorado State Forest

Marty and I camped at the North Michigan Reservoir campground in Colorado State Forest from 6/18-6/20. On one hike, we saw a cow moose grazing at around 10 a.m.; she was about 300 yards away and of course I didn’t have my camera with me…

Here’s my bird list:

  • American Robins
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • California Gulls
  • Yellow-rumped Warblers
  • Black-capped Chickadee (or maybe a Mountain Chickadee)
  • White-crowned Sparrows
  • Tree Swallows
  • Savannah Sparrows
  • Crows
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Western Wood-Pewee (beautiful lifer for me)
  • Hairy woodpecker

And the ones I’m not sure about:

  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Osprey

Star’s progress

Star developed a limp with his right leg about two weeks into his recovery from his arthroscopic surgery on 4/15. It didn’t get better with rest or even a cold laser treatment. So we began a series of three HA (lubricant) injections in his right elbow, spaced two weeks apart. He had his first injection on 5/28, and is scheduled for his next this Friday. We didn’t see any improvement until yesterday. He limped only a few steps on our walk yesterday afternoon.

I’m optimistic, but realistic too. We may have to repeat the surgery on his right elbow. It’s possible that scraping out a fragment of his coronoid may have uncovered an underlying issue. Time will tell.