Sandhill Cranes! Rufous Hummers!
Yesterday about a mile southwest of Nucla four
Sandhill Cranes were feeding in a hay meadow. Two of
the cranes were adults and two were 2/3 grown. For
several years we have seen cranes near Nucla. A pair
usually show up in April and hang out for the summer.
We still don't know where the nest site is located.
For those of you that are not familiar with Nucla, it
is a small ranching community which is surrounded by
extensive hay meadows on three sides. Many of these
meadows have good size wetlands associated with them.
The cranes have lots of nest choices. North of town
are P/J canyons.
This morning we had our first Rufous Hummingbird. As
expected it was an adult male.
I must have been asleep at the wheel. I certainly did
not hear about Larry Arnold's Eastern Wood-Pewee. This
is a species that has never been recorded in western
Colorado until this year and now it has been reported
four times in two months. As of 1992 Colorado Birds
list only three spring and two summer records for the
state of Colorado. I am sure there has been records
since then. The most interesting are the summer
records. One singing male 23 May-1 June 1989 and 21
May-into July 1991 both at Chatfield Reservoir,
News from Nucla,
Coen and Brenda
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