Front Range Birding – Red Rocks Park June 4

Eleven of us did the Red Rocks Park Front Range Birding walk the past Saturday, June 4th. It was a great walk and we had some very good surprises. I, of course loved the 
Prairie Falcon, but my favorite of the day were the courting Canyon Wrens singing their signature “dying laughing” song. We had great views of Bullock’s Orioles and Black-headed Grosbeaks as well. All in all, a great day with great people.

Don’t forget the Front Range Birding Open House on Saturday, June, 18. We will have 2 bird walks that morning. One walk will be at Roxborough State Park with Chuck Aid and the other will be at the Denver Botanic Gardens- Chatfield. See more information at ;

Thanks to Cheryl Wilcox, I have this great report to share:

Red Rocks Park
June 4, 2016 8:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Weather:  Sunny 57 – 73°F
Protocol:  Traveling    Distance: 1.5 miles
Observer:  Tom Bush    Party size: 11
26 species
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  7
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  18
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)  10
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)  2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 2
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  7
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  6
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)  1
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)  1
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)  2
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  25
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1


Front Range Bitding Hudson Gardens Walk 28 May 2016

Thirteen of us had a most enjoyable walk At Hudson Gardens yesterday morning, and were able to record 31 species of birds (see list below).  Yellow Warblers were singing everywhere, and we had great views of American Goldfinches.
One of our first treats of the day was a very cooperative pair of Bushtits, who stayed foraging right in front of us long enough for everyone to get great views.  A few of us even got to see that the female has yellow eyes and the male has dark eyes.

Then, we had a Say’s Phoebe that hung out out near us, and kept singing and singing.
Here’s a recording of a Say’s Phoebe song from

On top of a power pole across the river we got to see and intermediate-morph Red-tailed Hawk.  Very striking with it’s rufous breast coloring.

The Cliff Swallows were thick, as they foraged for aerial insects.

All in all, another great morning at Hudson Gardens!

Hope to see you soon either at Hudson Gardens or on another Front Range Birding Company bird walk.

Chuck Aid
Front Range Birding Company
Snowy Egret
                                                                      Snowy Egret picture by Dick Vogel
Hudson Gardens
May 28, 2016 8:10 AM – 12:00 PM
31 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  18
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  16
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  9
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  6
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  5
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  100
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  35
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  17
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  13
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  7
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6

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