San Miguel Birding
- I spent Wednesday and Thursday birding in San Miguel County. As often
happens, things conspired against me - closed areas and heavy rainy
weather. Even so, as usually happens, the birds were still good. The
most interesting area was the Big Gypsum Valley. I should have spent
time here in late May or June, but it didn't happen this year. I will
return next year much earlier.
My best birds were Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird,
Loggerhead Shrike, Lark Sparrows, Blue Grosbeak, Bushtits, Pinyon
Jays, and Peregrine Falcons. I am quite certain I also saw a Scott's
Oriole. Unfortunately, it was raining and the bird was some distance
away It looked very bright yellow and black. I tried to get closer
but it flew. When it flew it went into the PJ on the far side of the
Dolores River - not into the habitat along the river.
Road 642 in the ponderosa was also excellent: Grace's Warbler, Pygmy
& White-breasted Nuthatches, Western Bluebird, Common Nighthawk.
The South Fork/Illuim Road was also fruitful: Brown Creeper, Fox
Sparrow, Cedar Waxwings, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Solitaire
were my best birds.