Dear Front Range Birders:
Thirteen of us had a delightful morning at Hudson Gardens. I was pleased to see so many American Wigeons as I’ve seen very few over the last couple of months. The female’s smeared mascara look was quite evident (all photos courtesy of Bill Schmoker).
Also, we had a great look at a pair of Green-winged Teal, and we could even see the green in the wing of the female.
Once again we were lucky to see an apparent pair of Cooper’s Hawks, and the intermediate morph Red-tailed Hawk that was around all last breeding season is back again.
Finally, I was excited to see a single Bushtit. These guys were not very common in this area thirty years ago, so even though they are more plentiful now, they still give me a thrill. Remember that the male has the dark eye, and the female’s eye is light.
Hope to see you on a walk soon either at Hudson Gardens or with the Front Range Birding Company!
Hudson Gardens, Mar 25, 2017
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 16
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 12
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 27
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 23
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 8
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 10
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 8
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 9
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6