RE: [cobirds] Gunnison (and Grand Junction) area birds
Holly et al., I think “yes, very possible” regarding the birds in locations listed below, because birds are on the move, already dispersing away from their nesting areas. Witness a couple of species I don’t generally see in our hood (Redlands at 4750 ft) as breeders: yesterday an Olive-sided Flycatcher was here all day long, and this morning an Osprey was circling above our house. Both kind of unusual in our hood in August.
Congrats on your mammals!
From: cobirds@... [mailto:cobirds@...] On Behalf Of Holly Reinhard
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 8:11 PM
Subject: [cobirds] Gunnison (and Grand Junction) area birds
My parents, visiting from Oregon, and I just returned from a four-day trip to the Gunnison area. Here are some birds that I found interesting:
- Virginia's Warbler: at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Campground (life bird for me!), also I think another today at Corn Lake near Grand Junction area. (Is that normal for this area? It's a cottonwood ecosystem along a lake and a river)
- Evening Grosbeaks also at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP campground. I am unsure if this is normal for there or not this time of year; I was entering data on eBird the other night when it malfunctioned on me and I have yet to re-check it.
- There were LOADS of both flavors of Towhees (Green-tailed and Spotted) all over Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, especially at the campground. I saw a fair amount of young birds, too.
- MacGillivray's Warbler at Neversink Trail, near Blue Mesa Reservoir near the town of Gunnison.
Also, on a non-bird note (I hope this is allowed, as an addendum to the bird sightings!), I got two new "life mammals" this trip: a Long-tailed Weasel at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Gunnison Prairie Dogs in (surprise) Gunnison! I now have all three Prairie Dog species that occur in Colorado. :)
Good birding and mammaling (?),
Hayden, Routt County, Colorado
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