Barrows Goldeneyes, Black-crowned Night-heron Confluence Lake
- After saying goodbye to Dick and Al at Confluence Lake yesterday
morning, the dog and I made a comprehensive tour [also known as a lovely
long walk] around the park and beyond.
We looked at all the many robins hoping to find a Varied Thrush, but no
I did get to see a first-of-season eye-popping Spring-attired Audubon's
Warbler and hear and see my first-of-season Ruby-crowned Kinglet already
singing the cheeseburger song.
Along the Uncompaghre River we experienced mutual momentary heart stop
with a Black-crowned Night-heron.
The best birds along the Gunnison were small flocks of Barrows and
Common Goldeneyes flying up and down the river. These were species
specific groups, not mixed.
The largest flock [12 birds] of Barrows were all males...a surprise
since I have regularly been seeing a flock with one drake and 11 hens.
Three hours after I scoped the Lake in the morning, there were changes
there to the composition of birds....most notable was a new flock of
Hope you get out and have some great birding this weekend,