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  • Brenda Wright
    Greetings, 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
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      Greetings,
      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
      Dowitcher.
      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.
      Coen

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