We now have one more species that are adding to the
nervousness of our feeder birds. A Northern Pygmy-Owl
has many choices on the menu. Juncos may be a
favorite but there are chickadees, finches, and
towhees as well.
We have at least a dozen Spotted Towhees. They loves
our garden compose bins. The NOPO brings our yard
total to 150 species seen/heard here in Nucla in less
than 5 years. Number 149 was Red Crossbills a few
weeks ago. If it were not for a farm pond near our
house we would have at least 20 fewer species. Ducks,
rails, and snipes can be heard in spring daily.
There is a comet in the northeast sky that is visible
to the naked eye in the evening. A 8:00 PM it is
about at 45 degrees above the horizon and at about 50
east of north. Very little tail is visible. It looks
like a fuzzy sphere. We can also see Andromeda Galaxy
with the naked eye somewhat higher in the sky. We
don't have much light pollution here. On nights when
high clouds are present we can see the lights of Grand
Jct. and Montrose reflecting in our direction.
Happy here in Nucla,
Coen and Brenda
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At 11:30 AM a Northern Pygmy Owl was spotted along the San Miguel River two miles east of the Nucla Power Plant. The owl was perched in the top of a cottonwood tree and after a few minutes flew across Old Highway 90 to the P/Js. I entered the data into the atlas database and it was very much appreciated due to lack of owl data in western Colorado.
Brenda and I were returning from a morning visit to the Pinyon Atlas Block (Big Bucktail SE) when the owl was spotted. We often find early migrants in that area but not today.
My records are showing a 25 year late date records for hummingbirds species. There must be good flowers to the south of us. I find it very strange that hummers have not arrived.
Coen and Brenda
- Greetings,The attached photo is of a Northern Pygmy-Owl that has been at our feeders. We may have to shew the owl away so the Northern Shrike, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawk can come in to their favorite food, House Sparrows.I did not see the Eastern Bluebird but did see a Prairie Falcon in the area so the bluebirds were hiding out. Did find 40 species around Nucla this morning.Coen and Brenda
- Greetings,While birding in a deep wash in Nucla this morning, I heard many birds chipping and scolding. Upon investigating I discovered a Northern Pygmy-Owl in an American Elm (we do have several American Elms in Nucla). Species scolding were Downy Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, White-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and American Goldfinch. The poor owl did not have a chance!I did see a few Barn Swallows today and heard a sapsucker but I am not sure of the ID. Fall weather is pretty crazy warm and dry.Good birding,Coen