Recent Entries

  • 1st Annual Colorado Birding Challenge

    Our Colorado Field Ornithologists organization is hosting the 1st Annual Colorado Birding Challenge on May 8th.It is a fundraising event to support grassland bird species conservation efforts. The objectives of this new Big Day event are: To raise funds for conservation of declining Colorado gr...
  • In Search of Spring ... [Weld County]

    Hi all   Explored a lot of north central Weld over weekend hoping to find signs of spring. I did. Still only Horned Larks and raptors on shortgrass, no summer longspurs seen/heard. Other item of interest is new wooden double-post power-lines going in along Hwy 77 on east in and around CR 116 ...
  • Raptor Alley 2-7-2021

    Hi all I did Raptor Alley scouting trip on Saturday for upcoming Colorado State University Field Ornithology trip I am leading. Only got to do southern half, south of Weld CR 108, because winds picked up at 20+ mph around 10am. Total raptors: 24 Northern Harrier - 1 American Kestrel - 9 Bald ...
  • Inaugural Pawnee Buttes CBC Results

    Hi all   Superb weather on Monday for the count!   Birds:   Rough-legged Hawk    12Red-tailed Hawk    2Golden Eagle    3Common Raven    1Horned Lark    916Lapland Longspur    17Ferruginous ...
  • Bird Therapy: Good for U & great for Corona social distancing

    During this time of crisis people need ways to cope and feel safe to make it through these tumultuous times. Exposures to long-term stress can lead to higher risk of heart disease and hypertension, acute sleep deprivation, and depressed mood or anxiety. There are numerous stress remedies out there l...
  • Raptor Alley Trip Results and Other/Weld

    Hi all   Fantastic weather. Great people. And a fabulous "raptor show" for all. Saturday, I led a large group on the "frozen tundra" of Nunn. We saw 52 raptors and our only miss was Northern Harrier. There were moments of pure wonder as we watched pairs of Merlin (rare to see, roosting next t...
  • Raptor Alley Trip Report

    Hi all   Results from first Raptor Alley tour of season. Morning session was perfect weather and first bird out of the gate was a Merlin down the road from my house. She was later seen after the the trip chowing on a meadowlark in our field atop a post. We had 33 raptors in all and about 20 o...
  • Parrots of the U. S.

    Hi all Just finished reading "A Field Guide to the Feral Parrots of the US" from Cool Green Science. I share this because it was actually a parrot species that fueled by interest in birding (as well as TX and FL fledgling birding trails) in late 90s. Living in Colorado Springs we had a feral Monk P...
  • 700 Million Grassland Birds Lost Since 1970

    Hi all The Pawnee National Grassland faces conservation peril. Our Nation’s grasslands and endemic species, as a whole, are in jeopardy (White et al 24:26) as well. The Colorado shortgrass prairie ecosystem (in part the Pawnee National Grassland) has been identified at serious risk in terms...