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 www.frontrangebirding.com ;

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