Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Good Start to a South-central Bird Trip

As people who have been watching the Bird Trip Link know, I have been quite remiss in updating the Blog in the past month.  Frankly, I have been rather tired of computers and the internet.  The time required to update the Blog has appeared consuming.  While birding I have been keeping notes, but rarely seeking a computer to log on to the internet.  With the New Year, I am refreshed and will try to do a better job of updating the Blog.

The Blog does allow me to keep a record on my birding travels.  It helps to remind my ever-growing old mind of past adventures. 

Rebecca Kosten: transcript of telephone call:

January 12, 2015

Bryan Ehlmann and I headed south to work on our 2015 year lists today.  Temperatures were in the low 30s; winds were 8+ mph.

Our first stop was in Colorado Springs.  In took about twenty minutes to relocate the Acorn Woodpecker  in the Willow Circle Neighborhood.

Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo County) was a gold mine for our checklists.  With some effort and many stops around this large reservoir, we found: Red-throated Loon, Common Loons, a White-winged Scoter (perhaps the one that disappeared from Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) the day before one showed up at Pueblo Reservoir, a pair of Long-tailed Ducks, Barrow's Goldeneyes and Greater Scaup.

Gulls included the Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gull, and a Bonaparte's Gull. 

Other birds found were Canyon Towhee, Curve-billed Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, and Scaled Quail. 

Misses included Thayer's Gulls and Northern Mockingbird reported previously.

We continued west to Canon City where the two Stub-tailed Wrens were relocated along the Arkansas Riverwalk (Sells Pond to Raynolds Avenue).  We were able to record both and plan to make sonograms to compare with those of Pacific Wrens and Winter Wrens.

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