Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tricolored Heron in Boulder County

October 11, 2015

Richard Stevens:

I was heading to the DIA Airport to collect a friend when picking up a text message about a Tricolored Heron at Walden Ponds (Boulder County).  Bryan's plane was delayed several times.  When it appeared that he would not return to Denver before dark, I resolved to take an hour and drive to Walden Ponds.

When I arrived (52 minutes later), the Tricolored Heron was standing on a small rocky island at the west side of the pond.  One hundred eight quick digital shots of the bird and I was pointed back to the airport (in 58 minute drive).

Bryan's plane did not land until ten minutes after my return to the airport.  Is not that "killing two birds with one stone"?

Witness photo is posted on the Colorado Birding Society's website at "Recent Witness Photos" link.

It was hot today with a high of 86 at 4:00 pm.  Anemometer readings in the afternoon were 17 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

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