Monday, July 16, 2012

Birding Around Ouray

July 14, 2012

When the CoBus group arrived at Billy Creek Wildlife Area, a lone nighthawk was flying around.  Careful inspection proved it to be a Lesser Nighthawk!

Other birds they reported included a flock of Bushtits, a pair of Juniper Titmice, Spotted Towhees, Pinyon Jays, Lincoln's Sparrow, and an uncommon Sage Sparrow.  Warblers included Wilson's Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers and one Virginia's Warbler.

They reported Ridgway State Park in Ouray County to be disappointing.  The highlight was a Caspian Tern.  They did find one gray form Fox Sparrow.

The road to Mt Sneffels was more interesting.  They saw a pair of Black Swifts, two additional gray form Fox Sparrows along with Lincoln's Sparrows, and heard a Canyon Wren, which was believed to be uncommon here.

A pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers was found along Sneffels Creek.

They scoped Bridal Veil Falls when they pulled into Telluride.  Two additional Black Swifts were seen.

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