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 Xeno-Canto.org:


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