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Big Day (Bird Race)

16 October 1995

by Blake Maybank

Big Day Statistics:


We started well, in the Green Mountain Falls area.  For the first time ever I enjoyed having three species of nuthatch around me simultaneously: White-breasted, Red-breasted, and Pygmy; a Brown Creeper added to the cacophony.

Once we left the mountains we hit wind and heat (temperature in the 80's), and birds were few and far between.  We never could find my life Pinyon Jay, and, amazingly, we saw only one species of warbler (Yellow-rumped) -- a week earlier in Nova Scotia I had seen 22 species in seven days!  The day was not without its wonderful moments: I had my best look ever at a Prairie Falcon gently soaring a few feet above our car, and soon thereafter we found a very early N. Shrike, my 550th bird for the lower 48.  We enjoyed the day, and each other's company, and managed to set an eminently beatable October CO record.
Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps Pueblo reservoir
Eared Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis Lake Henry
Western Grebe  Aechmophorus occidentalis Lake Henry
Clark's Grebe  Aechmophorus clarkii Lake Henry
Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus Lake Henry
American White Pelican  Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Lake Henry
Ruddy Duck  Oxyura jamaicensis Lake Henry
Wood Duck  Aix sponsa Pueblo reservoir
American Wigeon  Anas americana Pueblo reservoir
Gadwall  Anas strepera Pueblo reservoir
Green-winged Teal  Anas crecca Pueblo reservoir
Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos Pueblo reservoir
Northern Pintail  Anas acuta Pueblo reservoir
Northern Shoveler  Anas clypeata Lake Henry
Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris Pueblo reservoir
Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias Lake Henry
Northern Harrier  Circus cyaneus Lake Henry
American Kestrel  Falco sparverius Pueblo reservoir
Merlin  Falco columbarius Holbrook reservoir
Prairie Falcon  Falco mexicanus Lake Henry
American Coot  Fulica americana Pueblo reservoir
Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca Lake Henry
Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis Pueblo reservoir
California Gull  Larus californicus Pueblo reservoir
Franklin's Gull  Larus pipixcan Holbrook reservoir
Band-tailed Pigeon  Columba fasciata Green Mountain Falls
Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura Fort Carson
Belted Kingfisher  Ceryle alcyon Las Animas
Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus Colorado Springs
Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata Pueblo reservoir
Steller's Jay  Cyanocitta stelleri Green Mountain Falls
Western Scrub-Jay  Aphelocoma californica Green Mountain Falls
Black-billed Magpie  Pica pica Colorado Springs
Black-billed Magpie  Pica pica Green Mountain Falls
American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos Colorado Springs
Common Raven  Corvus corax Colorado Springs
Northern Shrike  Lanius excubitor Lake Henry
Mountain Bluebird  Sialia currucoides Pueblo reservoir
Townsend's Solitaire  Myadestes townsendi Colorado Springs
American Robin  Turdus migratorius Green Mountain Falls
Pygmy Nuthatch  Sitta pygmaea Green Mountain Falls
Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis Green Mountain Falls
White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis Green Mountain Falls
Brown Creeper  Certhia americana Green Mountain Falls
Bushtit  Psaltriparus minimus Rte 115, Fremont County
Black-capped Chickadee  Parus atricapillus Green Mountain Falls
Mountain Chickadee  Parus gambeli Green Mountain Falls
Juniper Titmouse  Baeolophus griseus Rte 115, Fremont County
Horned Lark  Eremophila alpestris Lake Henry
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris Pueblo reservoir
American Pipit  Anthus rubescens Lake Henry
Pine Siskin  Carduelis pinus Pueblo reservoir
Pine Siskin  Carduelis pinus Green Mountain Falls
American Goldfinch  Carduelis tristis Lake Henry
House Finch  Carpodacus mexicanus Green Mountain Falls
Yellow-rumped Warbler  Dendroica coronata Pueblo reservoir
Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia Pueblo reservoir
White-crowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia leucophrys Green Mountain Falls
Dark-eyed Junco  Junco hyemalis Green Mountain Falls
Canyon Towhee  Pipilo fuscus Pueblo reservoir
Canyon Towhee  Pipilo fuscus Rte 115, Fremont County
Western Meadowlark  Sturnella neglecta Rte 115, Fremont County
Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula La Junta
Brewer's Blackbird  Euphagus cyanocephalus Lake Henry

Blake Maybank

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