Sunday, December 24, 2017

Colorado Springs and Back for a Red-breasted Sapsucker

December 23, 2017

We stuffed the car with birders and headed to Colorado Springs this morning.  Rebecca Kosten, Terry Michaels, Sue Ehlmann and I had little trouble finding the Red-breasted Sapsucker in Colorado Springs.  A mob of birders was already looking at it.  It is nice to have an easy find now and then.

Temperatures only reached 41 degrees today.  Winds were a mild 6 mph with gusts a few times to 14 mph.

Afterwards, we walked around Big Johnson Reservoir.  Our hope to find a Snow Bunting was not fulfilled.  A Lapland Longspur was discovered in a small flock of Horned Larks.

We returned to Denver by way of Highway 83 (the back route), much more interesting than Interstate 25.  Attempts at finding an American Three-toed Woodpecker at Black Forest Regional Park and the Brant at Salisbury Equestrian Park (El Paso) failed.

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