Answers to photos.
The plover was a Black-bellied Plover. This record, 5
August, is the earliest fall migrant record in western
Colorado. The plover was still in complete breeding
plumage. A possible explaination for this plover's
early appearance, it had a damaged leg.
The second bird with yellow legs is a Lesser
Yellowlegs. The camera angle give an appearance of a
long bill, longer than it really is.
The last two photos are of a pair of dowitchers. One
dowitcher had the call of a Short-billed Dowitcher and
one had the call of a Long-billed Dowitcher. Brenda
took several good pictures. In a picture of one bird
the tail markings can be seen. There is much more
white barring than brown. According to Kenn Kaufman's
"Advanced Birding" this tail belongs to a Short-billed
Last evening while looking again for the mystery owl,
I found two Lesser Nighthawks. The first, a male, was
again near the Nucla Sewer Ponds. The second, a
female, was northwest of the sewer ponds about half a
mile. She was feeding over a stock pond with lots of
other nighthawks. There much have been 500 Common
Nighthawks west of Nucla last evening.
I am going back this evening to check out the area.
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