Karen and I took a tour around the Connected Lakes Trail this afternoon. It was warm and there was very little bird activity. I did hear a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a couple of Bewick's Wrens but little else of interest. However, there was an abundance of odonates, including Green Darner, Blue-eyed Darner, Flame Skimmer, Window Skimmer, Eight-Spotted Skimmer, Blue Dasher, Black Saddlebags, and Western Meadowhawk. I am sure some of the other Meadowhawks are round also, but I missed them.
- Hi all,
I went down to check out the migrants at Connected Lakes today and found the
At Connected Lakes:
Wood Ducks Everywhere
6 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Lesser Yellowlegs
7+ Vultures eating Carp
GVAS Property Shed:
2+ Brown Creeper
Probable Townsend's Warbler (heard)
Hooded Merganser - BOWC lists as scarce for september - I tried to get better
looks but scared up the Green Heron instead.
- Hi all,
This afternoon I took a look around Ela and Bill Noble's Pond. My best birds
4 Brown Creepers
At Bill's Pond:
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Hooded Merganser
Lots of Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, and Mallard
1 Pied-billed Grebe
As I was headed back, I spotted a sapsucker near the nuthatches. I watched it
until it flew and believe it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It had a bright
red throat completely surrounded by a fairly thick black line, clean white
lines in the face, no red on the nape, and a prominent yellow wash on the
belly. I was able to observe it on an exposed perchfor about one or two
minutes. It was near the large tumbleweed patch on the south end of the pond
in a cottonwood tree.
- Hi all,
At about 10:00 today, there were two Western Grebes at the Gravel Ponds near
Connected Lakes and the Semipalmated Plover was still at Ela.
- Hi all,
I checked out connected lakes this afternoon and had the usual assortment of
early winter birds (Chickadees, bushtits, etc.). There was still a single male
Hooded Merganser on Bill's Pond with the Ring-necked Ducks and American
Wigeons. I also had a possible Cackling Goose fly over the main lake. Near the
park entrance at 6:30, a pair of Great Horned Owls started duetting above the
trail. Is this courtship behavior at this time of year or territorial?
Also, in downtown Grand Junction last week, there was a leucustic(?) House
Sparrow. It appeared as though only its primaries and some of secondaries were
- Hi all,
This afternoon I was able to take a quick look around Connected Lakes. All the
usual winter birds were there, plus a late Wilson's Warbler and 19 Hooded
- Yesterday I checked the Colorado river along Connected Lakes for any unusual
ducks and geese as all the main lakes have almost completely frozen over in
the park. I was able to find Canada Gesse, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall,
American Wigeon, Mallard, and a feral goose. However, just upstream from
connected lakes near the united pond, I came across a juvenile Harlan's Hawk -
it was feeding on a dead deer carcass on the dike in some bushes, and remained
there until I was within five feet of it and it decided to reveal itself.
There was a Red-tailed Hawk in the vicinity as well.
A quick (hyperventilating) bike ride thru subject area this morning yielded hooded merganser 2, western grebe 2, greater yellowlegs 1, and bald eagle 1.
In our Redlands yard over the last few days we have had a good showing of 28 species, but nothing unexpected for this time of year. Our LOD for hummingbirds was 15 October, when we had two black-chins.
RFI – yesterday I posted a link to a Science News article about bird migration, which summarized a paper published October 29 in Nature:
I neglected to add that I welcome anyone to share with me papers on bird migration, e.g., links regarding current research on this subject, since it is one of my favorite topics for study. IOW, please take note: if you see anything interesting about bird migration, please copy Larry Arnold. =)
- Just saw a borrowing owl at the corner of S. Park and11th St. in Montrose. It flew off a fence post and pouncedon something on the ground. It didn't spook when I drove past it,if fact I did a quick u-turn to confirm my ID, and it still didn'tspook. Pretty firm on the ID since I've seen several out in theAdobes over the years, but this one was in the heart of town!!Are these owls summer residents?Bill Harris
- After a session of WESO scouting/training early this AM with Nic Korte & Barb Fulton, I decided to bird Connected Lakes. Most special bird was a single White-throated Sparrow feeding with a flock of White-crowns on the Causeway between the North Lake & Endangered Fish Pond. Otherwise, it was the usual suspects:
32 Canada Geese on the River
8 Wood Ducks 5 Wigeon
25 Mallard 1 Ring-necked duck - female
2 Lesser Scaup - female 1 Common Goldeneye - male
8 Common Mergansers - male - on the River 6 Gambel’s Quail
7 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Western Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron 1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tail 110+ Coots (Cootapalooza!!!)
1 Kingfisher 2 Flicker
3 Kestrel 1 Magpie
11 Bushtit 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
12 Starling 2 Song Sparrow
1 White-Throated Sparrow 25 White-crowned Sparrow
18 Junco 3 House Finch