Many of Colorado’s most accomplished birders were in Craig for a CFO Board meeting yesterday. Some pre and post meeting birding occurred and with the recent storms, birding wasn’t bad. New county species were being checked off at a rapid rate. I won’t even try to figure out who saw what species first, but the following birds were seen.
Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. A Northern Waterthrush, at least two Nashville Warblers, and several Townsend’s, MacGillivray’s and Wilson’s Warblers were all seen, along with a Calliope Hummingbird.
Oxbow SWA west of Sunbeam. Oxbow has some nice mudflats this year and a good assortment of shorebirds was present, including both Yellowlegs and as many as a dozen Solitary Sandpipers for a total of about 11 shorebird species. There was also a BCN Heron, both rail species, several migrating warbler species and several Sage Sparrows on the hike into the oxbow.
WFMC Gravel Pit south of Craig. The highlight of this site was a flock of 38 Willets, a personal record number for me in the Craig area. In addition, all four commonly occurring peep species were present, plus all of the shorebird species seen at Oxbow for a total of 13 species. There was also a very accommodating Sora that wandered around a flooded meadow in full view of appreciative birders.