Thirty some folks gathered on a gloomy Saturday morning at the Front Range Birding Company’s new store in Boulder. Despite overcast skies and a bit of snow, spirits were high—for today was the grand opening celebration! After a free “birder’s breakfast” at the store, we carpooled to nearby Cottonwood Marsh.
We were actually greeted at Cottonwood by a bit of sunshine, but that was short-lived. The clouds rolled back in, the temperature dropped, and the wind picked up. Even so, we enjoyed a fine time together, seeing lots of waterfowl and a pair of Bald Eagles on our ramble around the Sawhill–Walden complex.
The whole time, co-leader Chip Clouse groused that he hadn’t yet seen a White-breasted Nuthatch this year. Well, at one point Chip accompanied some folks to the rest rooms—only to miss a glorious White-breasted Nuthatch at eye level along Boulder Creek. We also saw a Brown Creeper, yet another species Chip hadn’t yet seen in 2019.
Thanks to the Front Range Birding Company for providing delightful bird walks like this one. We in Boulder County and beyond are so pleased to have you in our midst!
—Ted Floyd, outing co-leader and Clouse tormenter
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