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  • Hey all, The White-throated Sparrow that had been hanging out in our yard appears to be gone this morning. Fortunately, the bird was seen by seven birders yesterday (11/14/15). As a consolation prize this morning we had a beautiful Golden-crowned Kinglet hanging out with our suet-eating Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Riley Morris Durango, CO
    riley.morris39@... Nov 15
  • Hi all, Today (11/10/15) at about 11:55 AM we had a White-throated Sparrow under our yard bird feeders at the Durango Fish Hatchery. The bird matched Sibley's illustration of the "Tan-striped" subspecies pretty well with three bold tan stripes across the crown, a bright white throat patch, and some "dirty" streaking on the upper breast. The bird stayed around for a few minutes and...
    riley.morris39@... Nov 10
  • Hey all, The juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron was again present at Zink's Pond this morning. Heather also found a Sora lurking along one of the islands and three Wilson's Snipe were along the western shoreline. At Pastorius there were seven Wilson's Snipe hanging out together near the boat ramp and approximately 500 American Wigeons ( thanks for counting all those, Jason! ) . Riley Morris Durango, CO
    riley.morris39@... Nov 1
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  • Hey all, While birding with several others at Totten Reservoir today (10/24/15) we had a sparrow-sized bird flyover about 20 feet above us. It was making an odd flight call that I didn't recognize at all. Jason St. Pierre, who has lived and done bird work in Michigan, California, and now Colorado, immediately said that he thought it was a longspur by the call. We listened to all...
    riley.morris39@... Oct 24
  • Just a quick note to say that Susan Allerton just found/refound a Lucy's Warbler in the same spot on the Animas River Trail where one was seen about two weeks ago. The spot is on the east side of the river just north of the footbridge below the La Plata County Fairgrounds. She called me at 10:58 AM to report the bird and said it was singing and hanging out in a stretch of oak brush...
    riley.morris39@... May 21
  • Ryan Votta and I birded around Montezuma County yesterday despite the horrible May weather. While we had no mega-rarities, we managed 93 species with the following highlights: Totten Reservoir - 3 Common Loons (1 in breeding plumage) Denny Lake Park - Peregrine Falcon knocked a swallow out of the air and then scooped it off the surface of the lake. Tree, Barn, Bank, Violet-green...
    riley.morris39@... May 17
  • Hey all, I am writing tonight to see if there is interest in generating a daily Rare Bird Alert for the west slope of Colorado. It seems fairly obvious from the treatment of the La Plata County Yellow-throated Warbler or lack thereof on COBirds that the West Slope is a completely separate realm from the front range and eastern plains. Now that WSBN is being picked up on the ABA...
    riley.morris39@... May 12
  • Hey all, After a successful trip on Saturday to Yellowjacket Canyon for the Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival, Heather and I decided to bird along the river in Mancos. We were unable to find the American Redstart and Townsend's Warbler reported by Jim Beatty on Friday but we did find a Nashville Warbler along with Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat...
    riley.morris39@... May 10
  • Hey all, The Yellow-throated Warbler at the Durango Hatchery Pond was still present and singing this morning (5/8/15) at 7:30 AM. It was high up in the same tall cottonwood at the northeast end of the pond. Riley Morris
    riley.morris39@... May 8
  • Hey all, The Yellow-throated Warbler continued to be seen this morning at least until 8:15 AM when I had to get back to work. It is again in the tallest cottonwood at the northeast corner of the Huck Finn Pond at the Durango Fish Hatchery. My wife was able to get some photos this morning. Riley Morris Durango, CO
    riley.morris39@... May 7