Yesterday, before handling court in Rifle, I birded in Parachute at
Cottonwood Park and the adjacent State Wildlife Area. I had never
been there previously. Great potential habitat for migrants.
Highlight - one light tower on the ballfield had a large nest with a
pairn of Osprey and two young. What a strange sight!
Also saw Eastern Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Yellow,
Yellow-rumped and Virginia Warblers, 40 plus Western Pewees,
Kinfisher, Lesser Goldfinch, Downy WP, Flickers, Catbirds. No luck on
Townsend's or other more unusual warblers or vireos.
I will return.