Archive for June, 2012|Monthly archive page

Fabulous birding with DFO

Enjoyed a great birding trip with Denver Field Ornithologists this morning at Lair O’ the Bear park. Saw and/or heard 23 species:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Western Kingbird
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Goldfinch
  • Song Sparrow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Flicker
  • House Wren feeding young
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Gray-headed Junco
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Northern Rough-Winged Swallow (a first)
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Black-headed Grosbeak female and young

 

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Crazy good birding in Teller Farms

Whatta day birding in Teller Farms! Star and I started out from the Teller Farms North trailhead and went south and east in search of the elusive Dickcissel (new for me). Ran into a birder who told me where to look for the Dickcissel and the reported Bobolinks. Sure enough, saw two and heard two Dickcissels! Saw two Bobolinks, which was only the second time I’d seen them. The first time was two years ago in South Dakota. While Star ran loose (legally) and had a great time playing with other dogs on the trail, here’s what else I saw:

Blue Grosbeak (new for me; thought it was an Indigo Bunting)

Brewers Blackbird

Barn Swallow

Red-winged Blackbird

European Starling

Western Meadowlark

Eastern Kingbird fighting with a Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Red-tailed Hawk

American Robin

A Sparrow I couldn’t ID. Maaaaybe a Savannah Sparrow??

Wish I’d had my camera. Would have gotten some great pics of the Bobolinks.

Hiking the South Mesa trails

Great hike with Marty and the dogs tonight on South Mesa trails (below Eldorado Canyon south of Boulder). Saw some great birds:

Lazuli Bunting (first for both of us)

Spotted Towhee

Mountain Bluebird

House Finch

Say’s Phoebe

Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)

American Robin

Great Blue Heron overhead