here are some miscellaneous notes from the past
week or so:
several weeks after Cheryl Day posted about that she found band-tailed
pigeons in hotchkiss, I refound at least one calling bird right where
she had seen them...at the west entrance to Delta County Fairgrounds.
The fact that 2 or 3 weeks had past and there was still at least one
bird present, and knowing that there is almost never just 1 band-tailed
pigeon, I looked around and realized that this particular location is
very similar to the place where these birds bred in a large colony at
the south end of Montrose. That agricultural place along the
Uncompaghre River was eradicated when Cobble Creek Golf Course and
development replaced it.
hmmmm...guess we should watch this place carefully next summer.....
Also of note....at the time that bird was calling so were 3 other
pigeon species...rock pigeon, mourning dove and eurasian-collared dove.
after a very quiet week in my yard during which hummer numbers
definitely have been diminishing and my large flock of lesser goldfinch
has all but gone, this morning brought some treats:
a singing grey vireo right by my house was in clear view giving me a
good look. This is the second time I have heard then seen a grey vireo
here. nice! [habitat is less than 1/2 mile away as the vireo flies,
but my yard is more typical habitat for plumbeous vireo.
also a warbling vireo was singing again this morining. I have heard one
singing throughout the summer, although my location seems pretty low
for this species.
I have been fortunate to regularly see common nighthawks here in the
evenings and they persist.
After not being in evidence for much of the summer, noisy kingfishers
are back to entertain me.
Yellow warblers persist as do western wood peewees. An oriole was
present yesterday and this a.m.
had a beautiful cosmic hike with Larry Arnold on the Uncompaghre
Plateau...lots of birds, critters, butterflies, dragonflies,
magnificent scenery and 'SHROOMS galore!! ...and solitude...we had the
trail all to ourselves until we were ready to leave...aaahhhhh.
I had a wonderful look at a wonderful bird but unfortunately Larry
couldn't refind it. With a big mixed flock of chickadees, warblers and
the likes, one bird flew from tree to tree in front of me, possibly in
response to my pishing. When it landed in a small spruce right in front
of me I had an excellent look at its back and head...and WOW! I had a
Can you believe it's falll migration already?!!!!!!!!!