Cortez area highlights today
- Dad and I made it half a block this morning before pulling over to check out a white-winged dove in a yard at 3rd and Chestnut in Cortez. The bird stuck around just long enough for me to dig out the camera but not long enough for a photo. I suspect it is wandering around town somewhere.
We found one of the black phoebes on J road in McElmo Canyon, but not at the bridge. It was foraging over the pig pond to the east of the bridge.
We found a second black phoebe half a mile below McPhee Dam on the lower Dolores River. It and numerous other birds were feeding on a blizzard of mayflies this afternoon around 4 pm. At the same location, dad watched a black-throated gray warbler chase off a yellow warbler. A couple miles downriver, I found an olive-sided flycatcher foraging out of the top of a snag near the canyon wall. A bit of contrast to the ones I have been seeing at ten thousand feet in the spruce-fir.
Lots of other birds. Not a banner day, but not too bad overall. And I managed to NOT step on the rattlesnake I found, but it was close.Dennis GarrisonCortez tonight
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