What is new around Nucla!
Best birds on 8 April were Ring-billed Gulls and a
Lincoln Sparrow both at the sewer ponds. Both new
species for the year in Nucla.
Yesterday, 9 April, we drove to the Anderson Mesa
priority breeding bird atlas block. The block is
bisected by the Dolores River. The west end of the
block lies in Little Gypsum Valley. Little Gyp looks
a lot like Rabbit Valley. This canyon country is
wonderfully remote and beautiful. Unimproved roads
allow one, with high cleareance, to drive to (not in)
the Coyoto Wash BLM wilderness area. These canyons
make up some of the most stunning areas in western CO.
We did find several Vesper Sparrows first for the year
for us. In route we saw a kettle of California Gulls
riding the thermals heading north.
Today, 10 April, 8 White-faced Ibis were at a small
farm pond west of town. Present at the sewer pond was
a Franklin's Gull. Both species are new this spring
for Nucla area. Present was, a not so smart, Osprey
fishing the sewer ponds. Maybe they know something I
Coen and Brenda
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