MONTHLY BIRDS BLOG

Compilation of Bird Sightings for Teller County and Beyond


March 2018


The day before a snowstorm yard was hoppin’ on March 18, with 60+ birds in yard area, mostly juncos and Cassin’s Finces, a Finchapalooza with Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, House Finch and also Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee, Steller’s Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Hairy Woodpecker.


American White Pelican- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Double-crested Cormorant- 1 at Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15. Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Gadwall- Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15. Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Ring-necked Duck- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31. Pair on pond near Bear Creek Trail in Morrison on 3-31.


Bufflehead- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Northern Shoveler- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Hooded Merganser- Pair at Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Turkey Vulture- 1 near Bear Creek Trail in Morrison on 3-31.


Bald Eagle- 1 adult along South Platte River near Lake George on 3-8, 1 adult at Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15. 1 adult at Barr Lkae State Park on 3-31.


Cooper’s Hawk- 1 near Bear Creek Trail in Morrison on 3-31.


Northern Goshawk- Calling near Lake George around 8:30 AM on 3-28. My neighbors reported sightings from last August of adult Goshawk in their yard, it was chasing a squirrel and slammed into their wood pile, sat there stunned for a while and they got some good pics, the chicken-hawk also ate one of their chickens.


Golden Eagle- soaring over Longs Ranch Trail near Manitou Springs on 3-24


Killdeer- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31


Mourning Dove- singing Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15


Eurasian Collared-Dove- along cty. rd. to park entrance, Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15, along Hwy. 24 Woodland Park area on 3-17, along Hwy. 24 Cascade and Crystola Area on 3-24


Barn Owl- Roosting in nest box at Barr Lake State Park at picnic table platform along Lake Trail just N of Nature Center area, on 3-31.


Northern Pygmy-Owl- 1 calling on 3-17 along Platte River near Lake George  around 3:00 PM, 1 calling on 3-25 along Hotel Gulch north of Woodland Park  around 8:30 AM


Great Horned Owl- 1 on 3-9 and 3-11, mobbed by Steller’s Jays and and a few magpies and crows, 1 at Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15, 1 being mobbed by magpies, Manitou Springs on 3-24. On nest at Barr Lake State Park along Lake Trail N of Nature Center area, on 3-31.


Downy Woodpecker- 1 on 3-6, 3-12


Williamson’s Sapsucker- FOS near Lake George on 3-28, calling, drumming.


Northern Three-toed Woodpecker- 1 on Lovell Gulch Loop Trail on 3-11


Northern Flicker- Territorial calling and drumming on 3-21


Say’s Phoebe- singing near Bear Creek Trail in Morrison on 3-31.


Tree Swallow- 3-28 FOS


Northern Shrike- 1 near Lake George on 3-22


Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay- Bear Creek Trail in Morrison on 3-31.


Black-billed Magpie- 8 on 3-1


Black-capped Chickadee- Singing on on 3-3 on Palmer Loop Trail in West Colorado Springs, 1 on 3-4 and 3-6, 3-9, 3-22


Townsend’s Solitaire- singing, Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15. Enthusiastic singing near Lake George on 3-28


Mountain Bluebird- Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15, FOS on 3-18 Lake George, CO, Woodland Park on 3-19, Manitou Lake on 3-25


American Robin- 1M FOS 3-10, 1 on Mothers Rest Ladder trail, Cascade on 3-10, MF on 3-13,  along Platte River near Lake George on 3-17,  flock of12 on 3-25 along Hotel Gulch N of Woodland Park. Singing near Lake George on 3-28.


Canyon Wren- 1 singing on Mothers Rest Ladder trail, Cascade on 3-10


American Dipper- 1 or 2 singing along South Platte River near Lake George on 3-8, 3-17, 3-22


White-breasted Nuthatch- Territorial calling on 3-3 on Palmer Loop Trail in West Colorado Springs


Brown Creeper- 1 on 3-2, 3-4, 3-6, 3-13, 3-22, 3-24, 3-25, 3-27, singing on 3-11, 2 on on Lovell Gulch Loop Trail on 3-11, on Barr Trail, Manitou Springs on 3-24


Bushtit- on Barr Trail, Manitou Springs on 3-24


Western Meadowlark- Barr Lake State Park on 3-31.


Spotted Towhee- Singing on Barr Trail, Manitou Springs on 3-24


Canyon Towhee- singing, Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15


White-crowned Sparrow- singing, Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15



Song Sparrow- Singing on 3-22 along South Platte River near Lake George on 3-22


Dark-eyed Junco- All 5 subspecies around most of month, high count 30+ in yard area on 3-25. White-winged last seen 3-25, Pink-sided high count 12 on 3-14,  Oregon high count 8 on 3-7, Gray-headed high count 12 on 3-15. Also Palmer Loop Trail in West Colorado Springs on 3-3, Brush Hollow Reservoir on 3-15


Evening Grosbeak- 6 on 3-13, 1 on 3-14, a few on 3-16, 1 on 3-17, 3 on 3-18, a few on 3-19, a few on 3-21, 1 M on 3-25, a few on 3-26, 2 M on 3-27, 3-29


Pine Siskin- A few around all month


Cassin’s Finch- Daily flocks averaging about 8 or 10, high count 20 on 3-22.


Red Crossbill- 3(2M,1F) on 3-17 (always around, first time at feeders), 1M on 3-18, 3-19, MF on 3-23, 1F on 3-24


Common Redpoll- A friend in Mitchell, SD reports an irruption year for Common Redpoll with good numbers all winter that included one Hoary Redpoll. Cold temps and snow have continued and she still has a few hanging around into early April.



Abert’s Squirrel- Black Phase, along South Platte River near Lake George on 3-28


Fox Squirrels- Courtship behavior on 3-21



February 2018


Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


Bufflehead- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Common Merganser- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Common Goldeneye- 3 along South Platte River near Lake George on 2-27


Bald Eagle- 2 ad. at Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15. 1 imm. at S. Platte River near Lake George on 2-17, 2 adults along South Platte River near Lake George on 2-27


Northern Goshawk- 1 adult on 2-2, new species for yard area


Scaled Quail- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Belted Kingfisher- S. Platte River near Lake George on 2-17


Eurasian Collared-Dove- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Downy Woodpecker- 1M on 2-14, 1M on 2-16, 1 on 2-20, 2-22, reports from Lake George area


Lewis' Woodpecker- report from Lake George area, spring 2017


Say’s Phoebe- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Horned Lark- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Steller’s Jay- Noisy flock of 10 on 2-12, flock of 6 on 2-13


Pinyon Jay- 40 at Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Raven- Ravens here have unusual vocalizations suggesting Chihuahuan, Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Black-capped Chickadee- couple sigthings, singing on 2-28


Mountain Chickadee- singing on 2-23


Mountain Bluebird- Small flock near Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Townsend’s Solitaire- Singing, Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


American Dipper- S. Platte River near Lake George on 2-17, singing, along South Platte River near Lake George on 2-27, singing


Red-breasted Nuthatch- Highline Canal Trail in Englewood, 2-25


Pygmy Nuthatch- Flock of 10 on 2-19 and 2-26, small flock on Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 2-25


Brown Creeper- 1 on 2-28


Canyon Towhee- Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA, Penrose on 2-15


Dark-eyed Junco- Singing on 2-22, White-winged, Oregon and Pink-sided subspecies around all month.


Evening Grosbeak- 3M on 2-21, 2-26


Pine Siskin- 2 on 2-2, 1 on 2-12, 3 on 2-15, 2 on 2-16, 2 on 2-18, 2 on 2-19, 1 on 2-21, 4 on 2-22, 2-26, 1 on 2-27


Cassin’s Finch- Daily flocks of up to 20, singing on 2-12


House Finch- singing on 2-6


Rosy Finches- reports in winter south of Florissant


Common Redpoll- 1M on 2-12, new species for yard area, and 2-15, 2-17, 2-20, 2-21, 2-22



January 2018


Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


Common Merganser- 1 on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31


Bald Eagle- 1 adult on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31


Northern Goshawk- 1 adult on Feb.2, new species for yar area


Northern Harrier- 1 in Colorado Springs on 1-2


Northern Pygmy-Owl- Report from Florissant area from last summer.


Belted Kingfisher- 1 on South Platte River near Lake George on 1-31


Downy Woodpecker- 1 on 1-3, 1-13, 1-26, 1-29


Hairy Woodpecker, drumming on 1-12


Steller’s Jay- 7 on 1-22 after snowstorm, 11 on 1-26


Black-billed Magpie- flock of 10 on 1-26


Clark’s Nutcracker- 1 on Lovell Gulch Trail on 1-28


Golden-crowned Kinglet- 1 on Rainbow Gulch Trail, 1-14, 2 on Lovell Gulch Trail, 1-28


Townsend’s Solitaire- singing on 1-10


Black-capped Chickadee- 1 on 1-5, 1-16, 1-23, 1-25


Brown Creeper- 1 on 1-30


Dark-eyed Junco- Pink-sided and White-winged thru the month, Slate-colored on 1-4, 1-16, 1-21, 1-22, 1-26 and Oregon on 1-12


Pine Siskin- 2 on 1-11, 1 on 1-12, 1 on 1-16, 2 on 1-18, vocalizing more on 1-16, 2 on 1-19, 2 on 1-22, 2 on 1-26


Cassin’s Finch- Daily flocks of 10-20 birds, high count 26 on 1-5


Rosy-Finch- A couple reports in winter during storms, Cripple Creek Area


Pine Grosbeak- A couple reports in winter during storms, Cripple Creek Area


House Sparrow- 1M on 1-15



December 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


Sharp-shinned Hawk- 1 on 12-19


Northern Harrier- Near Divide on 12-1 and 12-6


Downy Woodpecker- 1 on 12-5, 12-8, 12-11, 12-13, 12-14


Northern Three-toed Woodpecker- 12-23, Bear Creek Regional Park, old sign of drilling on tree


Steller’s Jay- 4 on 12-21, 6 on 12-22, and a couple of December reports from Austin Bluffs area of Colorado Springs. 


Clark’s Nutcracker- 2 along Lovell Gulch Loop Trail on 12-1 and 12-10


Townsend’s Solitaire- End of month heard regular at Highline Canal Trail in Englewood. 


Mountain Chickadee- 2+ on Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 12-31 nad 1-1.


Bushtit- Flock of about 10 at Starsmore Discovery Center on 12-2. Small flock at parents’ house in Englewood on 1-2.


Golden-crowned Kinglet- 12-23, Bear Creek Regional Park


Pygmy Nuthatch- Flock of about 6 at Starsmore Discovery Center on 12-2. Small flock on Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 12-28.


Red-breased Nuthatch- occasional in yard area. End of month seen and heard regular at parents’ house and Highline Canal Trail in Englewood. 


White-breasted Nuthatch- End of month seen and heard regular at parents’ house and Highline Canal Trail in Englewood. 


Brown Creeper- 1 along Lovell Gulch Loop Trail on 12-1, 2 on Barr Camp Trail on 12-10. Highline Canal Trail and parents house in in Englewood  on 12-31 and 1-1.


Canyon Wren- 1 calling near St. Mary’s Falls on 12-2, 1 calling on Barr Camp Trail on 12-10


Cedar Waxwing- Highline Canal Trail , 8 on 1-2


Spotted Towhee- End of month seen and heard regular on Highline Canal, Englewood


Dark-eyed Junco- Off and on through month had all 5 subspecies in yard area, and high count of White-winged was 9 on 12-13. Flock of 20 with all 5 subspecies along the Lovell Gulch Creek Trail on 12-1. Pink-sided and Oregon at parents house in Englewood end of month.


Evening Grosbeak- 1 on 12-4, 12-8


Pine Siskin- 1 on 12-5, 12-8, 12-22


American Goldfinch- A few on Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 1-1.


Cassin’s Finch- Good numbers in the yard area through month, often flocks of 12 to 18. Like with many species this year it appears due to the wet summer it was a good breeding year. Sightings last year in yard are were sporatic. On average about 80 percent of the birds were female/first year plumage.


House Sparrow- Yard Area- flock of about 10 on 12-1, 12-5, 1F on 12-15



Garden of the Gods Annual Bird Count, 12-16-17

I helped park volunteers at the park with their annual bird count. Last years count was during a blizzard on coldest day of the year, this year it was nice day a bit breezy but high in the 50s so it was 60+ degrees warmer than last year! From memory I am listing some of the birds reported.

Red-tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Prairie Falcon

Wild Turkey (new species for count)

Rock Pigeon

Wester Scrub-Jay

Common Raven

Mountain Chickadee

Bushtit

White-breasted Nuthatch

Canyon Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Western Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire (singing, calling)

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

House Finch

Cassin’s Finch



November 2017


Woodland Park Area


Downy Woodpecker- 1 in yard area on 11-15, 11-16, 11-14, 11-7, 11-4


Hairy Woodpecker- 1 along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-26


Northern Three-toed Woodpecker- 2 on Ring the Peak Trail S of Divide on 11-11


Steller’s Jay- On 11-5 along Lovell Gulch Trail, flock joined by Pygmy Nuthatches mobbing a Gray Fox that had curled up to keep warm  inside an old magpie nest in a Lodgepole Pine


Clark’s Nutcracker- 1 in Victor on 11-28


Ruby-crowned Kinglet- Along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-25 and 11-26.


Townsend’s Solitaire- Calling along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-25 and 11-26.


Black-capped Chickadee- 1 on 11-29, 11-16, 11-5


Red-breasted Nuthatch- Parents house and along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood 11-23 to 11-26


Pygmy Nuthatch- Small flock along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-25 and 11-26


Brown Creeper- Yard area on 11-15, 1 on Ring the Peak Trail S of Divide on 11-11, 


Spotted Towhee- Along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-25 and 11-26.


White-throated Sparrow- 1 in yard area on 11-5, FOS, first record in yard area


Dark-eyed Junco- All 5 subspecies present thru the month until 11-22 when Oregon and White-winged left the yard area. Another bonus was a Slate-colored Variant (dark gray/black with white wing bars) seen off and on from 11-6 to 11-15. Along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-25 and 11-26.


Pine Siskin- Yard area- 7 on 11-15, a few in late Nov.


Cassin’s Finch- Small flock present thru the month in yard area. 1 or 2 along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-24


American Goldfinch- 1 along Highline Canal Trail in Englewood on 11-26.



October 2017


Woodland Park Area and Beyond


Wild Turkey- 12 along Gold Camp Road on 10-21


Downy Woodpecker- 10-30, 10-20, 10-5, 10-1 in Yard Area


Clark’s Nutcracker- 10-23 in Yard Area


Black-billed Magpie- Flock of 8 on 10-2


Blue Jay- Yard area on 10-5


Black-capped Chickadee- 10-27 in Yard Area


Western Bluebird- Bear Creek Regional Park on 10-10 


Mountain Bluebird- Bear Creek Regional Park on 10-10


Red-breasted Nuthatch- in Yard Area , 1 on 10-28, 10-30, 10-27, 10-25, 10-20, 1 along Mount Rosa Trail on 10-22


Brown Creeper- 10-23 in Yard Area


Wilson’s Warbler- 1 on 10-5 in Yard Area at water feature


Dark-eyed Junco- Yard Area- Pink-sided FOS on 10-1, Oregon FOS on 10-9, Slate-colored FOS on 10-10, White-winged FOS on 10-23, from 10-23 to 10-31 all 5 subspecies in yard area, high count 22 on 10-9


Common Grackle- small flock on 10-4 in Yard Area


Evening Grosbeak- 10-8 in Yard Area


Pine Siskin- 10-29, 10-24, 10-22 in Yard Area


Lesser Goldfinch- Bear Creek Regional Park on 10-10


Cassin’s Finch- Flock of up to 6 in Yard Area from 10-1 to 10-31


Red Crossbill- Flock of 30+ along Mount Rosa Trail on 10-22



September 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


Common Merganser- Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17


Turkey Vulture- yard area on 9-28, 9-26


Bald Eagle- Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17 (1 im., 1 ad.)


Swainson’s Hawk- Near Fairplay on 9-3


Cooper’s Hawk- im. being mobbed by 30+ American Pipits on Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13


Sharp-shinned Hawk- Yard area on 9-8, Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Osprey- 2 in South Park on 9-3


Dusky Grouse- Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13


White-tailed Ptarmigan- Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, calling, feather found on Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Spotted Sandpiper- Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17


Ring-billed Gull- Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17


Mourning Dove- Yard area thru early Sept.


Eurasian Collared-Dove- Yard area on 9-4


Broad-tailed Hummingbird- Yard area thru early Sept.


Callliope Hummingbird- Female in yard area on 9-7, 9-6, 1F Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Res. on 9-1


Downy Woodpecker- Yard area on 9-7, 9-19, 9-20, 9-9 (juv.), 9-6, 9-4


Williamson’s Sapsucker- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7, Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-12, yard area on 9-11


Northern Three-toed Woodpecker- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18


Lewis’ Woodpecker- Second hand report in early Sept. with photo ID by ranger in Mueller State Park near Divide, new species for park list


Pinyon Jay- Entrance road to Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18


Blue Jay- juv. in yard area on 9-4, then another in Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7 (9200 feet)


Gray Jay- Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, 2 in Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7 and 9-12, seemed to be at a low elevation at 9200 feet 


Clark’s Nutcracker- Yard area on 9-21, Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Ruby-crowned Kinglet- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-12, 9-20, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, Yard area on 9-9, 9-4, Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Western Bluebird- Flocking in Woodland Park area on 9-27, Yard area 9 on 9-9


Mountain Bluebird- Rampart Road near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7, 9-15, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17


Hermit Thrush- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-12, calling, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18


American Robin- Yard area juv. on 9-4


Townsend’s Solitaire- Rampart Road near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7


House Wren- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-12, Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Res. on 9-1


American Dipper- Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18


Black-capped Chickadee- Yard area on 9-27, 9-25


Mountain Chickadee- 1, seemed out of place at 13,000+ feet and over a mile from treeline in alpine tundra on Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Red-breasted Nuthatch- Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, Yard area on 9-27, 9-25


Brown Creeper- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7, 9-12, 9-15, Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13, Yard area on 9-6, 9-9, 9-4, Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


American Pipit- Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, trail to Northstar Mountain near Fairplay on 9-26, Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Horned Lark- trail to Northstar Mountain near Fairplay on 9-26


Wilson’s Warbler- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-15, 9-20 (migrant), Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13


Yellow-rumped Warbler- Yard area on 9-28, 9-30, 5 on 9-6, 9-9, Cheeseman Res. near Deckers on 9-17


Cedar Waxwing- 1 in yard area on 9-4


Black-headed Grosbeak- In yard area thru early Sept.


Clay-colored Sparrow- new yard bird on 9-6, singing


Chipping Sparrow-Yard area on 9-21


Vesper Sparrow- Rampart Road near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7


Dark-eyed Junco- Yard area on 9-11, 2 Pink-sided and 1 Oregon on 9-30 (FOS)


White-crowned Sparrow- Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18


Brewer’s Blackbird- Near Divide on 9-23


Evening Grosbeak- Yard area on 9-20, 9-11, 9-27, 9-25, 9-26, 9-30, 9-6


Pine Siskin- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 9-7, 9-12, 9-15, Yard area on 9-19, 9-30, 9-19, 9-6


Pine Grosbeak- Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13


Cassin’s Finch- Yard area 5F and 5M on 9-30, 5 F on 9-27, 2 F on 9-6


Brown-capped Rosy-Finch- Humboldt Peak Trail near Westcliffe on 9-13, Mount Harvard Trail near Buena Vista on 9-18, flock of 50+ on trail to Northstar Mountain near Fairplay on 9-26, flock of 20+ on Mount Massive trail near Leadville on 9-3


Red Crossbill- Yard area on 9-11, 9-6



August 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area and Beyond


On August 3 had 18 species in feeder/water area


Double-crested Cormoratn- near Nathrop on 8-16


Turkey Vulture, yard area on 8-5, 8-20, Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24


Bald Eagle- South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23


Swainson’s Hawk- 2 along Cty. Rd. 140 near Ponchas Springs on 8-16 (one dark phase)


Northern Goshawk- 2 juvs. Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 8-14


Dusky Grouse- Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, Halfmoon Creek Trail on 8-28


Spotted Sandpiper- Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11


Belted Kingfisher- Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24


Mourning Dove- yard area on 8-3, 8-13


Eurasian Collared-Dove- yard area on 8-25


Band-tailed Pigeon- new yard bird on 8-3, at ground tray feeder eating millet, 2 on Halfmoon Creek Trail on 8-28


Broad-tailed Hummingbird- in yard area thru month, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16


Callliope Hummingbird- female in yard area 8-14,  8-18 (picking bugs off bird feeder), 8-20, 8-22, 8-24,  8-25 (male)


Downy Woodpecker- yard area on 8-3, 8-8


Red-naped Sapsucker- juv. at moving water feature on 8-13, new yard bird, 8-17, Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11


Williamson’s Sapsucker- yard area thru 8-25, Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16


Northern Three-toed Woodpecker- Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16 (3 with juv.), Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 8-14


Cordilleran Flycatcher- yard area singing early Aug., Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4 (singing), 4 Mile Creek Trail at Dome Rock SWA near Divide on 8-1 (singing)


Dusky Flycather- South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23 (migrant)


Olive-sided Flycatcher- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 8-9 and 8-14


Violet-green Swallow- Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Plumbeous Vireo, singing on Notch Mountain Trail near Vail on 8-28


Warbling Vireo, Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4 (calling), Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5


Steller’s Jay- flock of 5 in yard area on 8-13


Pinyon Jay- yard area flock flyover of 14 on 8-20


Black-billed Magpie- flock of 25 in yard area on 8-3


Gray Jay, Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11


Clark’s Nutcracker, Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, yard area on 8-23, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Common Raven- Flock of 30+ Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, flock of 33 on Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Ruby-crowned Kinglet- Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5 (juv.), Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Golden-crowned Kinglet- Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir on 8-14


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24 (migrant)


Western Bluebird, yard area on 8-3, juv. on 8-17


Mountain Bluebird- Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11


Hermit Thrush, juv. at elevated birdbath on 8-22, Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5, Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24


American Robin- 4 Mile Creek Trail at Dome Rock SWA near Divide on 8-1 (flocking)


House Wren- Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24 (juvs.)


Red-breasted Nuthatch- yard area on 8-13, 8-23, , Parent’s house in Englewood on 8-25, Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16


White-breasted Nuthatch- juvs. in yard area on 8-13


Pygmy Nuthatch- juvs. in yard area on 8-13


Brown Creeper- Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4 (singing), Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5 (singing), Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


American Pipit- Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16 (juvs.), Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Western Tanager- Male and female at moving water feature in yard area on 8-2, 8-3 also male on 8-14 , 4 Mile Creek Trail at Dome Rock SWA near Divide on 8-1 (juvs.)


Wilson’s Warbler- South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23 (migrant)


Yellow-rumped Warbler- South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23, Yard area on 8-3, 8-25,  Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Yellow Warbler- Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23


MacGillivray’s Warbler- singing, 4 Mile Creek Trail at Dome Rock SWA near Divide on 8-1


Black-headed Grosbeak- yard area on 8-2, 8-3, juvs. in yard area on 8-13


Chipping Sparrow, yard area 8-3, 8-19, Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4


Vesper Sparrow- Creek along Marshall Pass Road near Ponchas Pass on 8-11


Lincoln’s Sparrow- 4 Mile Creek Trail at Dome Rock SWA near Divide on 8-1, Rainbow Gulch area near Rampart Reservoir thru month4


Dark-eyed Junco- juvs. in yard area on 8-17


Brewer’s Blackbird- flocking in Woodland Park on 8-10, large flock along Cty. Rd. 140 near Ponchas Springs on 8-16


Evening Grosbeak- lots in yard area yard area esp. juvs. thru mid-Aug., Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5


Pine Siskin- yard area good numbers esp. juvs. thru mid Aug. then decrease thru end of month, juvs. in yard area on 8-13, Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-4, Lovell/White Gulch Loop Trail on 8-5, Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24


Lesser Goldfinch- Parent’s house in Englewood on 8-25, yard area on 8-5, 8-6, 8-10, South Platte River near Lake George on 8-23, Rainbow Gulch Area near Rampart Res. on 8-24


Pine Grosbeak- singin on Notch Mountain Trail near Vail on 8-28, Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


House Finch- juvs. in yard area on 8-13


Brown-capped Rosy-Finch- 1 on Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16 (lots, juvs.), Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Red Crossbill- Mount Ouray Trail near Ponchas Pass on 8-11, Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28


Also:

Short-tailed Weasel- Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache Trail near Ponchas Springs on 8-16, hunting for chipmunks among rocks in alpine tundra


Pine Squirrel- Notch Mountain-Halo Ridge-Mount of Holy Cross-Halfmoon Creek Trails on 8-28 collecting mushrooms



July 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area- July 2017

Most birds singing thru month

Clark’s Nutcracker, 7-28, 7-26, 7-20

House Sparrow, 7-28-FY, 

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Black-headed Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeaks, juvs. and numbers increase late July, also on 7-15

House Finch, juvs. on 7-19

Pygmy Nuthatch, juvs. on 7-28

Pine Siskin, juvs. and numbers increase late July, 16 on 7-23, 3 on 7-16

Western Bluebird, juv. aat birdbath on 7-28, 7-28

Yellow-rumped Warbler, juv. on 7-29

Brown Creeper, 7-31, 7-17

Warbling Vireo, juvs. on 7-26, 7-20

Violet-green Swallow, juvs. on 7-26

Rufous Hummingbird, 7-18, FOS

Eurasian Collared-Dove, 7-19, 7-9

House Wren

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Chipping Sparrow, 7-7, 7-8, 7-18

Lesser Goldfinch, 7-7, 7-8, 7-23

Hermit Thrush, 7-25, calling

Mourning Dove, occ.

Dark-eyed Junco, Gray-headed

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 7-20

Three-toed Woodpecker, juv., new for yard area

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Red-winged Blackbird, 7-17


Woodland Park Downtown Area, Memorial Park Area

Brewer’s Blackbird, 7-31- FOS

Red Crossbill, 7-31, 7-15

Chimney Swift, 7-27


London Mountain Trail, 13er W of Fairplay, 7-30

Clark’s Nutcracker, flock of 16

Spotted Sandpiper

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

White-tailed Ptarmigan, feather found along trail near Old London Minesite

Wilson’s Warbler, singing

Lincoln’s Sparrow, singing

Mountain Bluebird

Red Crossbill

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, flying overhead at summit at 13,000+ feet

Hammond’s Flycatcher


Rainbow Gulch Area near Woodland Park and Rampart Reservoir, 7-23

Most species singing

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

House Wren

Brown Creeper

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hermit Thrush

Lincoln's Sparrow, juvs.

Chipping Sparrow, flock of 40 along Rampart Range Road

Western Kingbird, 3 along Rampart Range Road, new sighting for area

Lark Sparrow, a few along Rampart Range Road

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Buffalo Peaks Loop Trail S of Fairplay, 7-24

Golden Eagle, along Hwy. 285

Swainson’s Hawk, along Hwy. 285

Three-toed Woodpecker

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, at 12,000+ feet

Hammond’s Flycatcher, singing

Cliff Swallow, along Hwy. 24 in South Park

Mountain Chickadee, singing

Brown Creeper

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hermit Thruch, calling

Linncoln’s Sparrow, sang once, juvs.

White-crowned Sparrow, juvs., sang a few times

Pine Siskin

Red Crossbill

Pine Grosbeak

American Pipit, with food items

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Horned Lark

Bighron Sheep, herd of about 20

LOTS of Elk sign


South Platte River near Lake George, 7-11

Song Sparrow, sing, call

Black-headed Grosbeak, calling

Pine Siskin, calling

Gray Catbird, calling

Northern Flicker, singing

Belted Kingfisher

Spotted Sandpiper

Yellow Warbler, singing


Mount Princeton and Tigger Peak Trails, W of Buena Vista, 7-14

Hermit Thrush, sing

Hammond’s Flycatcher, sing

Brown-capped Rosy Finch

Swifts, 3

American Pipit, with food items

Common Raven, flock of 10

Turkey Vulture, South Park


Rainbow Gulch Area near Woodland Park and Rampart Reservoir, 7-12

Most birds singing

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Rufous Hummingbird, 7-12, FOS

Cordillaern Flycatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Hermit Thrush

Pine Siskin

Brown Creeper

Vesper Sparrow, along Rampart RangeRoad

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Lincoln’s Sparrow


Fourmile Creek Trail, Dome Rock SWA, S of Divide, 7-17

Most birds singing

MacGillivray’s Warbler

House Wren

Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Hermit Thrush

Black-headed Grosbeak


Lovell-White Gulch Loop Trail, Woodland Park, 7-3

Lots of singing

American Robin

Hermit Thrush

Brown Creeper

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Black-headed Grosbeak

Warbling Vireo

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Clark’s Nutcracker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Steller’s Jay

Pine Siskin

Dark-eyed Junco

Williamson’s Sapsucker

White-breasted Nuthatch

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Western Tanager


Parents House in Englewood

Was surprised to hear 2 Broad-tailed Hummingbirds in yard area thru the month

Red-breasted Nuthatch



June 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area, 8500 feet elevation, most spenies singing thru the month

Black-headed Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak, a few

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Warbling Vireo

House Wren

Pine Siskin

Western Tanager

Mourning Dove

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

House Finch

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-6, 6-21, 6-22, 6-28

House Sparrow, 4 (2M, 2F) on 6-4, 2 MF on 6-7, 2 MF on 6-15

Green-tailed Towhee

Downy Woodpecker, 6-2

Lesser Goldfinch, 6-3, 6-20, late June too

Clark’s Nutcracker, 6-4, 6-13, 6-20, 6-21, noisy family flocks in late June

Red Crossbil, 6-13 at Memorial Park, about 6 in yard area on 6-18, also late June

Cordilleran Flycatcher (at elevated birdbath on 6-15)

Western Bluebird, at ground moving water feature in late June

Eurasian Collared-Dove, 6-29, singing

Western Wood-Pewee, 6-29, singing


Weston Pass, Weston Peak, Ptarmigan Peak S of Fairplay on 6-8-17

American Pipit

Horned Lark

American Robin

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (FOS)

Wilson’s Warbler

Braod-tailed Hummingbird (at about 13,000 feet elevation)

Hammond’s Flycatcher


Catamount Reservoir Loop Trail on 6-10-17, most birds singing

Spotted Sandpiper (FOS) 

Hermit Thrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ring-billed Gull

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Warbling Vireo

House Wren

Pine Siskin


South Ben Tyler Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness on 5-29-17

Three-toed Woodpecker


Parent’s House in Englewood on 6-18 and 6-19

House Wren, feeding young in nest box, singing

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 2M

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Chipping Sparrow, singing


Sister’s House in Highlands Ranch on 6-18

Leswer Goldfinch, singing

House Wren, singing

Bushtit


Missouri Mountain Trail W of Buena Vista on 6-25, most species singing

White-tailed Ptarmigan, scat and a feather in small willows along trail just before split in trail to Elkead Pass and Missouri Mountain

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

American Pipit

White-crowned Sparrow

Wilson’s Warbler

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Americn Robin

Mountain Chickadee

Hermit Thursh

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Williamson’s Sapsucker


Fourmile Creek Trail, Dome Rock SWA, S of Divide on 6-26-17, most species singing

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Black-headed Grosbeak

Hermit Thrush

Lincoln’s Sparrow


Mount Columbia Trail, Southern Route on 6-21-17

Golden Eagle, 2

American Pipit

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, at 12,000+ feet

Green-tailed Towhee

Snowshoe Hare


Rainbow Gulch and Rampart Reservoir Trail, Woodland Park on 6-30-17, most species singing

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

House Wren

Lazuli Bunting, 1

Hermit Thrush

Warbling Vireo

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Song Sparrow



May 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area

Common Raven, nesting in early May

Cordilleran Flycatcher, 5-30, FOS, singing

Western Tanager, 5-17 FOS, at feeder area during snowstorm, 1M, feeding ion millet, calling on 5-24, singing on 5-30

Gray-headed Junco, 42 on 5-18 and also one interesting Gray-headed/Pink-sided hybrid, with rusty saddle on back and pink flanks, 

Green-tailed Towhee, 5-23, FOS singing thru end of month

Warbling Vireo, 5-14, FOS, singing

Robin, nesting early May

House Wren, 5-6, FOS, singing, nesting mid-May

House Finch, in yard area early to mid-May

Evening Grosbeak, some in yard area thru month

Black-headed Grosbeak, FOS 5-9, singing all thru end of month, pair in yard area thru month

Chipping Sparrow, occ. thru month

Mourning Dove, occ. thru month

Braod-tailed Hummingbird, courtship displays starting 5-10

Black-capped Chickadee, 1 on 5-8

Hermit Thrush, 5-9 FOS, calling

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 5-9

Turkey Vulture, 5-4, FOS

Downy Woodpecker 1 on 5-10, 5-19, 5-30

Barn Swallow, 5-12, FOS

Violet-green Swallow, 5-1, FOS

Red Crossbill, 5-10, FOS, Memorial Park

Pine Siskin, a few around yard area

Yellow-rumped Warbler, sining thru month

American Kestrel, 5-20

House Finch 

Clark’s Nutcracker, 5-22, 5-28


Abert’s Squirrel, Fox/Abert’s hybrids typically look just like Fox but with black pelage. But on 5-16 had one with the big ear tassels and a rusty tinge to fur on body and tail.


White Gulch Loop Trail on 5-6, most birds singing

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 8+

Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2+

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 12+

Brown Creeper, 8+

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1

Clark’s Nutchracker, 2

Chipping Sparrow, 4

Wild Turkey, tracks

Clark’s Nutcracker, 5-4, 5-28

Brown Creeper, 5-1, 5-4


Catamount Reservoirs Loop Trail, 5-21-17

Coopers Hawk, 2, calling

Common Loon, 1

Ring-billed Gull, 1, FOS


Trout Creek area near Westcreek, 5-5-17

Green-winged Teal

Common Yellowthroat, FOS

Wild Turkey

Wilson’s Snipe

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, singing

Common Merganser


Goose Creek and Hankins Pass Trails, west of Deckers, 5-22-17

Most birds singing

Green-tailed Towhee, 5-22, 1, FOS

Blue Grouse, 1 F

Macgillivray’s Warbler, FOS

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bald Eagle (along South Platte River near Lake George)

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Chipping Sparrow

Bullock’s Oriole, FOS, (along South Platte River near Lake George)

Green Heron, (along South Platte River near Lake George, elevation about 8500 feet)


South Ben Tyler Trail to Kenosha Peak (12,093 feet elev.), N of Tarryall, 5-30-17

Most birds singing

Braod-tailed Hummingbird, 2 flying over alpine tundra at about 12,000 feet

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Hammond’s Flycatcher, FOS

House Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Pipit, FOS, a bit of courtship displaying

Wilson’s Warbler, FOS

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-headed Grosbeak, M singing around 11,400 feet seemed pretty high up for this species

Lark Sparrow. FOS

White-crowned Sparrow, FOS

Lincoln’s Sparrow, FOS


Parent’s House in Englewood in 5-13

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Wrens, nesting in a Flicker box...

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 2M

Chipping Sparrow

Bushtit

Also on 5-12 a Ferruginous Hawk, soaring over I-25 and Lincoln, in south Denver


5-12-17, Lovell Gulch Loop Trail, about 5 miles, elevation about 8500-9000 feet, most birds singing, 27 species

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 5

Northern Flicker, 4

Hairy Woodpecker, 2

Williamson’s Sapsucker, 1

Violet-green Swallow, 2

Steller’s Jay, 4

Clark’s Nutcracker, 1

Common Raven, 1

Mountain Chickadee, 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1

White-breasted Nuthatch, 2

Pygmy Nuthatch, 3

House Wren, 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4

Townsend’s Solitaire, 1

Hermit Thrush, 2

American Robin, 5

Warbling Vireo, 2, FOS

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 8

Black-headed Grosbeak, 3

Chipping Sparrow, 4

Dark-eyed Junco, Gray-headed, 12

Brown-headed Cowbird, 1

Cassin’s Finch, 1

Pine Siskin, 3

Everning Grosbeak, 5




April 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area

Clark’s Nutcracker, 4-25, 4-15

Chipping Sparrow, 4-25, FOS

Dark-eyed Junco, Gray-headed only this month, high counts during somw snowstorms, 30 on 4-27, 28 on 4-28, 84 on 4-29, 30 on 4-4

American Robin, regular visitors to moving water feature, 11 during snowstorm on 4028

Brown Creeper, 4-28, 4-30, 4-21, 4-24

Abert’s Squirrel, black phase, 1 on 

Cassins’ Finch, a few on 4-5, FOS

Black-capped Chickadee, 1 on 4-5, 4-18

Brown-headed Cowbird, 4-21, FOS

Downy Woodpecker, 4-21

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 4-23, FOS

Red-breasted Nuthatch, calling, 4-23

Mourning Dove, 4-23, FOS

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4-24, singing

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4-15, singing, FOS

Evening Grosbeak

Pine Siskin


Also:


Bushtit, small flock on 4-8 at Colorado College campus in Colo Spgs


Lovell Gulch Trail, 5 mile loop, Woodland Park, 4-15

Red-breasted Nuthatch,1, calling, FOS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 10 singing, FOS

Brown Creeper, 2, singing


Manitou Lake, Woodland Park, 4-13

Yellow-rumped Warbler, FOS

Brewer’s Blackbird, FOS

Gadwall

Common Merganser


Brush Hollow Reservoir near Penrose on 4-14

Possible Chihuahuan Raven flying and calling over  reservoir

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blue-winged Teal

Gadwall


Section 16/Palmer Trail near Manitou Springs on 4-9

Steller’s Jay, at 6500 feet

Mountain Chickadee, at 6500 feet

Say’s Phoebe, FOS

Cedar Waxwing (at Safeway in Colo. Spgs.)

Bushtit (at Safeway in Colo. Spgs.)


Pasque Flower blooming

Mourning Cloak butterfly, FOS



March 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3-31, FOS

Williamson’s Sapsucker, 3-31, FOS, calling, territorial drumming

Northern Flicker territorial calling and drumming, 3-19

Evening Grosbeaks, 3-17,  calling in area, FOS

Pine Siskins, 3-19,  calling in area, FOS, one at feeder on 3-27

American Robin, a few, FOS on 3-6, daily at water feature, singing on 3-26

Juncos- Singing on 3-3. Pink-sided and Slate-colored absent by mid-March. For Gray-headed 22 on 3-6  and 24 on 3-31, During snowstorm on March 24,  80+ Gray-headed, 2 Pink-sided, 1 Slate-colored. Also 1 Oregon on 3-5, 3-6 and 3-7.

Western Bluebird, singing, FOS, 3-23

Mountain Bluebird, FOS on 3-9 near Lake George

Rough-legged Hawk, 3-9 near Divide

Mountain Chickadee, singing on 3-13

Hairy Woodpecker, territorial drumming on 3-12

American Kestrel, 1 in Woodland Park area

White-breasted Nuthatch, territorial calling on 3-28

Brown Creeper, 1 on 3-1 and 3-3.

House Finch a few thru the month and 18 on 3-6.

Starling, 1 on 3-6

Downy Woodpecker, 1M on 3-31, new species for yard area


Also:


Parent’s house in Englewood on 3-19: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, juncos


Barr Camp Trail near Manitou Springs on 3-18: Black-capped Chickadee singing, Clark’s Nutcracker-2, Williamson’s Sapsucker-1 (FOS), Spotted Towhee singing, Northern Flicker territorial calling


Lovell Gulch Trail, Woodland Park- On 3-15, Black-capped Chickadee-1, Brown Creeper-1. 


Grouse Creek and Meadow Mountain Trails, Minturn near Vail on 3-9: Pine Siskins, Golden-corwned Kinglet-2


Near Westcreek and Deckers on 3-10: Song Sparrow and Red-winged Blackbird singing


Brush Hollow Reservoir SWA near Penrose

On 3-27, Canyon Towhee singing, Great Horned Owl, 2 calling from Cottonwoods below dam, American Kestrel-1

On 3-22, Pnyon Jay flock calling, Spotted Towhee singing, Belted Kingfisher, Townsend’s Solitaire singing


Heiser Trail, near Cascade on 3-21: Brown Creeper-2, Townsend’s Solitaire singing


Columbine-Spring Creek Trails near Manitou Springs on 3-5: Canyon Wren singing, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee singing, Brown Crepper-1



February 2017


Woodland Park Yard Area

Brown Creeper, 2 on 2-9

Dark-eyed Junco- started singing on 2-10, regular numbers of Gray-headed, Slate-colored and Pink-sided. Oregon Junco- 2 on 2-12, 1 on 2-27

Black-capped Chickadee, 1 on 2-1 and 2-12

House Finch, singing on 2-2

Mountain Chicakdee, singing on 2-4


Also:

Lake George area on 2-11, Bald Eagle-2, American Dipper singing, Belted Kingfisher

Rough-legged Hawk, along I-25 in Colo. Spgs. on 2-14 and 2-23

Lovelll/White Gulch Trails on 2-18, Woodland Park, 3 Brown Creeper



January 2017


Merlin, female Prairie form, Red Rocks Open Space near Manitou Springs, at pond are on 1-23

Townsend’s Solitaire, Red Rocks Open Space near Manitou Springs on 1-23, Cascade on 1-8

White-crowned Sparrow, Red Rocks Open Space near Manitou Springs on 1-23

Spotted Towhee, Red Rocks Open Space near Manitou Springs on 1-23

Song Sparrow, 1 on Mule Creek Trail on 1-29

Bushtit, flock of 9 at Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs on 1-15

House Sparrow, new to yard area, 2 on 1-10, 5 on 1-9

Dark-eyed Junco, regular good numbers of Gray-headed, Slate-colored and Pink-sided, thinned out towards end of month, also one Oregon on 1-20 and one White-winged on 1-9

Bald Eagle, one or two adults hunting along South Platte River near Lake Geroge on 1-20

Common Goldeneye, 6 along South Platte River near Lake Geroge on 1-20

Interesting noisy mixed flock of corvids along Hondo Ave., Green Mountain Falls on 1-22, 16 American Crow, 10 Stellar’s Jay, 2 Black-billed Magpie, 2 Western Scrub-Jay

House Finch, small flock regular to yard area

Western Scrub-Jay, Cascade on 1-8

Spotted Towhee, Cascade on 1-8

Brown Creeper, one on 1-3, 1-4 and 1-8

Hairy Woodpecker, regular thru winter months

Starling, flock visiting birdbath earl thru mid Jan.

American Robin, occ. at birdbath in early Jan.

Northern Flicker, one on 1-4



December 2016


Woodland Park Yard Area

Highlight again in Decmber was the juncos. Had all 5 subspecies ijn yard area on 12-7, 12-18 and  12-22. Regular good numbers of Gray-headed, Pink-sided and Slate-colored, with one Oregon and one White-winged joining flock on those dates. One Oregon also seen on 12-2 and 12-19.

Starling, flock on 12-20

Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatch, a few regular thru month

House Sparrow, 1M on 12-21, new for yad list

Clark’s Nutcracker,  yard area on 12-6, 12-7, 12-10, 12-11, 1 on Elder-Phen Trail on 12-21, near Divide

Mountain Chickadee, flock of about 10 on 12-10 along with one Black-capped Chickadee

Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 on Lovell Gulch Trail, Woldland Park, on 12-6

American Tree Sparrow, one on 12-19

Red Crossbill, a couple flyover at Red Rock Canyon Oopen Space area near Manitou Springs

Bald Eagle, 2 adults feeing along South Platte River near Lake George

American Dipper, 1, singing, along South Platte River near Lake George



November 2016


Woodland Park Yard Area

Juncos thru the month: Gray-headed, Pink-sided, a few Slate-colored, White-winged (one on 11-14 and 11-15)

Starlings in mid Nov.

American Goldfinch, a few on 11-8

Clark’s Nutcracker, 11-18

Red-winged Blackbird, a few on 11-3

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Finch

Townsend’s Solitaire, singing at Red Rock Canyon Open Space on 11-30 (near Manitou Springs)

Spotted Towhee, Red Rock Canyon Open Space on 11-30 (near Manitou Springs)



October 2016


Highlight in Oct. was the juncos, for a few days in late Oct. had all 5 subspecies in the yard area: Gray-headed (resident), Pink-sided, Oregon, White-winged and Slate-colored. Good numbers of Pink-sided continued into Nov. along with a few Slate-colored.


Woodland Park Yard Area

House Finch family found the feeder area in early Oct., new to yard area, gone by end of month

Starling, occ. visits to yard area in late Oct.

Brown Creeper, 1 on 10-25

Great Horned Owl, calling in early Oct.


Also:

Three-toed Woodpcker- 1 on Crags Lookout Trail S of Divide on 10-3, 1 on 10-21 at Ormes Peak Area off of Rampart Range Rd., E of Pikes Peak

Shrike, along Rampart Range Rd. on 10-21, Lovell Gulch Trail on 10-28

Peregrine Falcon, 1 on 10-3 at Crags Lookout trailhead S of Divide

Dusky Grouse, 4 along Goose Creek Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness W of Deckers on 10-16

Red-naped/Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 calling on 10-16 along Wigwam Creek Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness W of Deckers

Western Bluebird, 5, Dome Rock SWA S of Divide on 10-18

Townsend’s Solitaire, singing in Cascade on 10-9 and 10-23

Clark’s Nutcracker, on 10-16 along Wigwam Creek Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness W of Deckers

Brewer’s Blackbird, flocking in Woodland Park area in early Oct., gone by mid- Oct.

Gray Jay, on Crags Lookout Trail S of Divide on 10-3

Eurasian Collared-Dove, occ. seen in Woodland Park area



September 2016


Woodland Park Yard Area

Sadly no warbler migrants in spring and fall migration here, miss seeing them like when I used to live on Front Range. 

Blue Jay, one on 9-30, first to yard area, did not return

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 9-1

Golden-crowned Kinglet, 9-1

Brown Creeper, 9-1

Western Meadowlark, 9-3

Rock Wren, 9-10

Clark’s Nutcrackers, around early Sept. then gone rest of month


Also:

Western Scrub-Jay, Green Mountain Falls, 9-14

Osprey, Catamount Res. near Green Mountain Falls, 9-14

Eurasian Collared-Dove, occ. seen in Woodland Park area

Bald Eagle, 1 imm. at Cheesman Res. on 9-25

Three-toed Woodpecker, Pancake Rocks Trail, S of Divide, 9-30

Brewer’s Blackbird, flocking in Woodland Park area thru month

Screech-Owl, talked to some people in Cascade area that had a Screech-Owl in their storage shed this summer


On Sept. 11 at Cheesman Res. had a gray Tassel-eared/Abert’s Squirrel, apparently gray phase is less common than black color. Also that day at sunrise a very tame Red Fox was at parking lot, appeared to be a young one that had been fed as we tossed it a piece of ice and it ran right up to it. Also at my yard area I have black squirrels with no ear tassels so I thought they were juv. Abert’s but locals tell me the Fox and Abert’s Squirrels are breeding so app. the black squirrels with no ear tassels are Fox/Abert’s hybrids.



August 2016


Woodland Park Yard Area

Yellow-rumped Warbler, started flocking, 8-30

House Finch, male, 8-26, first for yard area

Northern Goshawk, along Lovell Gulch Trail on 8-31

Pinyon Jay, flyover flock of 8 on 8-31

Loggerhead Shrike, 8-24

Blue Jay, 8-15, Manitou Springs

Rock Wren, near Lake George, 8-16

Lesser Goldfinch, near Lake George, 8-16

Calliope Hummingbird, 1 F, 8-11, 8-17

Dark-eyed Junco feeding cowbird fledgling on 8-10

Western Tanager, 8-4

Lots of juveniles in and around yard area in early Aug. then gone by late Aug. incl. magpie, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hairy Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Red-naped and Willimason Sapsuckers, Evening Grosbeak, House Wren, flicker, Chipping Sparrow


Mount Elbert Trail near Leadville, 8-28

Brown-capped Rosy Finch, some, incl. juv.

American Pipit, flocking


Mount Huron Trail near Buena Vista, 8-12

White-tailed Ptarmigan, with juvs.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, lots

Gray Jay



May 2016


Woodland Park Area

Western Grebe, 5-18

American White Pelican, 5-13

Gadwall, 5-18

Green-winged Teal, 5-18

Bald Eagle, 5-3

Wilson’s Snipe, 5-11, winnowing

Sora, 5-18

Virginia Rail, 5-11

Eurasian Collared-Dove, 5-18

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 5-8 male displaying

White-throated Swift, 5-22

Red-naped Sapsucker, 5-4

Dusky Flycatcher, 5-14

Cordilleran Flycatcher, 5-21

Tree Swallow, 5-2

Barn Swallow, 5-4

Viloet-green Swallow, 5-4

Warbling Vireo, 5-24

Plumbeous Vireo, 5-14

Blue Jay, Green Mountain Falls

Western Scrub-Jay, Green Mountain Falls and Highlands Ranch

House Wren, 5-9

Hermit Thrush, 5-7

Gray Catbird, 5-30

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5-7

Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5-7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 5-22

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 5-4

Yellow Warbler, 5-11

MacGillivray’s Warbler, 5-28

Western Tanager, 5-24

Common Yellowthroat, 5-11

Black-headed Grosbeak, 5-13

Green-tailed Towhee, 5-11

Spotted Towhee, 5-4

Lincoln’s Sparrow, 5-7

Chipping Sparrow, 5-7

Vesper Sparrow, 5-22

Common Grackle, 5-11

Bullock’s Oriole, 5-22

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