Front Range Bird Walk with Chuck Aid – June 18, 2016

Nine of us visited Roxborough State Park for a few hours this morning, and recorded 26 species (see list below).  The highlight was the nice long, relatively close look we had of a soaring Golden Eagle. They have nested out there in recent years, and tend to be a regular feature during breeding season. Here’s a photo from Utahbirds.org that looks fairly close to the bird we saw.

Golden Eagle

We also got great looks at singing Lesser Goldfinches.  Here’s their song from Xeno-Canto.org –

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Finally, we got to hear one of the more crazy vocalizations that we get around here, this recording of a Yellow-breasted Chat is from Xeno-Canto.org.  The photo is from JupiterBirding.blogspot.com

Yellow-breasted-Chat

Breeding season is in full swing, so I hope that you are all getting out and getting to see harried parents feeding their fluffy offspring.

Good birding!

Chuck Aid, Front Range Birding Company

 

Bird list for Roxborough SP, Jun 18, 2016

9 human participants, and 26 bird species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1

White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)  7

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)  6

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1

Cordilleran Flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis)  1

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  4

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)  1

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1

Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  11

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  6

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)  1

MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei)  1

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  8

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  3

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  20

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  2

Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  1

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1

Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  7