A group of 13 Audubon members set out for a bird walk at Red Rocks, looking to catch up on the latest falcon news there but were confronted on by extremely icy conditions, thus diverting their field trip.
Instead, they went to nearby Harriman and Hine Lakes where they tallied 44 species, reporting a great variety of waterfowl with twelve species of ducks and three species of grebes.
According to Chuck Aid, "Three outstanding birds were the male Ruddy Ducks, the Horned Grebes, and the single Western Grebe. We were also fortunate to see a few Greater Scaup."
"Twelve Turkey Vultures soared in to land as a group in the tops of a couple of nearby trees," Chuck continued. "We also saw two different pairs of Say’s Phoebes, all four were of interest because of the generally pale yellow color of their bellies with very little discernible orange or rust. Also, we had a Great-tailed Grackle, and then we had great looks at some Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and Western Bluebirds. With so many wonderful birds all morning it’s difficult to say which one was the best, but it was very special to see a male Yellow-headed Blackbird." (pictured right)
A contingent of the group did stop by Red Rocks on their way home and managed to record three species of falcons: American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, and Peregrine Falcon.
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Photo by Bill Schmoker.