Ouray County Birds
Tuesday and Wednesday Brenda and I birded Ouray
County. On the Tuesday evening we monitored
Uncompahgre Gorge for Black Swifts. We found no
indication that swifts are using the gorge. Sue
Hirshman joined us and she gave us a tour of Box
Canyon and pointed out several of the swift nests in
Present at Ridgway State Park, where the reservoir has
some islands and mud flats, was a single Willet and a
single Greater Yellowlegs. On Wednesday we again
checked out the reservoir and found about 20
White-faced Ibis, a few Spotted Sandpipers and one
Wilson's Phalarope, a new county bird for us. Present
were four gulls; two California, one Ring-billed, and
one first summer Herring Gull. What is going on with
summering Herring Gulls? Look in Colorado Birds,
1992, from mid-May until early September, there are
only two Colorado records. There has been at least
two summer records this year in west-central Colorado
and one last summer.
Somebody needs to go to work and update Colorado
Birds. I bet there would be a good market for a new
book. The birding world is rapidly changing with new
info gathered almost daily.
On our way out of Ouray County we check out some
hummingbird feeders. On resident had out about 2
dozen feeders. All four hummingbird species were
present. We finally got our first Calliope
Hummingbird for the Ouray County which is number 200
for the county. A small farm pond near the feeders
had 8 Wilson's Snipe.
Tomorrow I will send out the details for the Ouray
County Count which will be held the 8-9 of September.
Get your teams together of just come and join to fun
and see what interesting birds turn up.
Coen and Brenda
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