WC07 THRU MAY 31
Thank you all for posting your sightings.
Since my last update, we have added some interesting species to our collective tally for the year. A few expected species have yet to be found and reported, e.g., green heron, lark bunting, hammond s flycatcher, white-tailed ptarmigan, and several shorebird species.
Please advise me of any errors or omissions, thanks.
1 greater white-fronted goose several reports at first of year 2 snow goose 3 ROSS'S GOOSE birds lingered at two locations (3,1) to Apr 18 and at another location (1) to Apr 22, a late date for this wintering species 4 canada goose 5 cackling goose three reports: west Rifle ponds Jan 1, Fruita SP Feb 21, Zink's Pond Mar 22 6 tundra swan several reports; 2-5 birds on Perch Pond Mar 17 - Apr 4 is highest count 7 wood duck 8 gadwall 9 EURASIAN WIGEON one at Pastorius Reservoir Apr 6-27, one male at Blue Mesa Res Apr 30 10 american wigeon 11 mallard 12 blue-winged teal four at Cheney Apr 4 13 cinnamon teal four at small pond west of Nucla Feb 14 14 northern shoveler 15 northern pintail 16 green-winged teal 17 canvasback 18 redhead 19 ring-necked duck 20 greater scaup one to two birds at Clifton sewage ponds Mar 28 - Apr 4 21 lesser scaup 22 long-tailed duck one male at Nucla sewer ponds Jan 12-13 23 bufflehead 24 common goldeneye 25 barrow's goldeneye one first-year male at Pastorius May 4 is a late date for that elevation? 26 hooded merganser 27 common merganser 28 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER four at Navaho Reservoir Feb 10 is an early date 29 ruddy duck 30 chukar 31 ring-necked pheasant 32 greater sage-grouse 33 gunnison sage-grouse 34 dusky grouse booming at Dry Lake Campground near Steamboat prior to Apr 5 35 sharp-tailed grouse 36 wild turkey 37 scaled quail two at MZ County Festival May 12 38 gambel's quail 39 common loon three near Sagehen Flats at McPhee Reservoir Apr 1 40 pied-billed grebe 41 eared grebe one at Elkhead Reservoir Apr 7 42 WESTERN GREBE two at Navaho Reservoir Feb 10 is an early date 43 CLARK'S GREBE one at Fruitgrower's Mar 31 is an early date 44 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN one above Stagecoach Reservoir with SACR Apr 6 is an early date? 45 double-crested cormorant one subadult overwintered near U.S. 50 bridge in Delta, Jan 1 onward 46 AMERICAN BITTERN one at Fruitgrowers Apr 26, three at Fruitgrowers May 11 is a high count? 47 great blue heron 48 great egret one at Highline SP Apr 15 49 snowy egret one at a farm pond two miles west of Nucla Apr 13 50 CATTLE EGRET two reports at Connected Lakes Apr 5 and Apr 11 (different sources) are early dates 51 black-crowned night-heron two reports along trail west of Corn Lake during January 52 GLOSSY IBIS one at Zink's Pond Apr 15, one at Pastorius Apr 28, listed as "hypothetical" in BOWC pg 206. 53 white-faced ibis eight at pond west of Nucla Apr 10 54 turkey vulture Mesa Mar 16 55 osprey one at Rifle Mar 29, one at Nucla Mar 29 56 bald eagle 57 northern harrier 58 sharp-shinned hawk 59 cooper's hawk 60 northern goshawk 61 COMMON BLACK-HAWK one at Ela Sanctuary in GJ May 2 is the 3rd record for western Colorado, also farthest north record, maybe a 2nd sighting downtown GJ May 6? Reported at Connected Lakes on May 25 62 swainson's hawk one in Yampa Valley south of Steamboat Apr 5 63 ZONE-TAILED HAWK Montezuma County Road 20, Jan 12-13, and possibly GJ Jan 30, these are off-season reports for this "casual migrant" 64 red-tailed hawk 65 ferruginous hawk 66 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK one in SW San Miguel County Apr 14 is a late date for this wintering species 67 golden eagle 68 CRESTED CARACARA unconfirmed, along Hwy 160 in Archuleta Co, listed as "hypothetical" in BOWC pg 206 69 american kestrel 70 MERLIN one at MZ County Festival May 13 a late date for this wintering species 71 peregrine falcon 72 prairie falcon 73 virginia rail 74 sora two at Sweitzer May 01 75 american coot 76 sandhill crane 77 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER one at Pastorius Reservoir Apr 21-25 is casual in spring 78 snowy plover one at Blue Mesa Res Apr 30 79 WILSON'S PLOVER one at Blue Mesa Res Apr 29 would be a 1st record for western Colorado if confirmed 80 semipalmated plover one at Fruitgrower's May 3 81 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER one at Cheney Apr 14 is an early date, one at Pastorius Apr 27 82 killdeer 83 black-necked stilt three at 6&50 Reservoir Apr 3, eight at Cheney Apr 4 84 AMERICAN AVOCET one at Highline Lake inlet Feb 28 is an early date 85 greater yellowlegs Fruitgrower's Mar 18 86 lesser yellowlegs near Craig Apr 4, also 6&50 on Apr 5 87 solitary sandpiper one in NW quadrant of Fruitgrowers from causeway May 13 88 willet one at Fruitgrowers Apr 14 89 spotted sandpiper one at Jason's Ranch Jan 5 90 long-billed curlew two along CR-2 about 3 miles north of US-491 Apr 14 91 MARBLED GODWIT one at farm pond near Mack Apr 3 is 2nd earliest date 92 RED KNOT Apr 28 report location? Nine at Blue Mesa Reservoir Apr 29 is only the 2nd record in western Colorado 93 semipalma
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