Summer report, June and July.
The following bird reports were received the summer
period 2007, June and July. Check them over for
errors. I have included only records that will impact
a future edition of Birds of Western Colorado. I did
also include new county records for all westslope
county. Some of the counties straddle the divide but
included their records anyway.
Greater White-fronted Goose; A summering goose at
Williams Fork Res. was a first county record for
Marbled Godwit; A godwit was at Fruitgrowers on 12
July. MAGO are casual during the summer period in
Baird's Sandpiper; A sandpiper was at Fruitgrowers on
12 July. This is a record early date for fall
migration. The old record was 15 July.
Dowitcher species was reported at Fruitgrowers Res. on
13 July. Long-billed Dowitcher is casual until the
last week in July and Short-billed Dowitcher is a
Herring Gull; A first summer gull was reported from
Fruitgrowers on 7 July. Until recently there were no
summer records for this gull species, May through
Magnificent Hummingbird; A non-adult male was reported
in July at feeders in Crystal, Gunnison County. This
species is casual in western Colorado with fewer than
10 total records.
Rufous Hummingbird; Two records, 23 June at Lake
Lenore and 29 June at Glenwood Springs, are both
records for RUHU when considered casual. This
hummingbird species is casual until 1 July.
Least Flycatcher; Not considered a species that
existed in western Colorado a few years ago now is
know to nest in at least two sites. This summer a
pair or two was located again along Neversink Trail in
Gunnison County. A first county record was found at
Craig in Moffat County where two pair maybe nested.
Says Phoebe; A first county record for Hinsdale was
found on 13 July along 635 Road.
Chihuahuan Raven; Two ravens were reported from Lewis
in Montezuma County on 27 July. There is only one
other western Colorado record.
Bushtit; This species was reported in Routt County at
10,200 feet. Bushtits have not been recorded above
9500 feet in western Colorado.
Cedar Waxwing; A new county record for San Juan was
found on 20 July.
Lucy's Warbler; This casual species was still present
in McElmo Canyon as last as 12 July.
Chestnut-sided Warbler; A male of this casual species
was present in Grand Jct 8-12 July.
Kentucky Warbler; First reported in late May was
present until 4 June in Dolores, Montezuma County.
This is the 6th record in western Colorado and the
first for Montezuma County.
Lark Sparrow; A first county record for Mineral County
was found on 13 July.
Golden-crowned Sparrow; A breeding plumaged sparrow
was reported from Crested Butte, Gunnison County.
There are no other summer records from Colorado. The
nearest breeding sites are in southwestern British
Colombia, Canada well over 1000 miles away.
Lawrence's Goldfinch; Colorado's most famous bird this
summer stay all of June until 24 July.
Off the e-mails I pick up a few other reports of
birds. I don't have details. If someone will defend
there three species I will include them in the
database. The species are Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Allen's Hummingbird and Blue Bunting.
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