April 24, 2021

This morning I joined a birdwalk at Chatfield State Park led by Joey Kellner.  The weather was beautiful, the company genial, and the birding pretty good!

Birds weren’t the only wildlife we saw:

Beaver

Mule deer

We saw several Bald Eagles, including these two immature individuals:

Bald Eagles

We saw several shorebirds, including Greater Yellowlegs, a Semipalmated Plover, a number of sandpipers (including Western Sandpiper) and this Marbled Godwit:

Marbled Godwit

There were also Blue-winged Teals, Mallards, Redheads, and Northern Shovelers . . . and White Pelicans.

White Pelican

We saw a nesting Great Horned Owl and a Long-eared Owl on the wing.  Here’s a Townsend’s Solitaire:

Townsend’s Solitaire

I saw my first-of-year hummingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, and Yellow-rumped Warblers (both Audubon and Myrtle).

In the afternoon my better half and I took the dog for a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  There were five Cinnamon Teals west of the footbridge (a single female), as well as a pair of Blue-winged Teals and a pair of Gadwalls.

Gadwalls

We saw three Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting on the south bank of Bear Creek–both Audubon and Myrtle.

In the pond that never freezes two female Hooded Mergansers were curled up on a log:

Hooded Mergansers

The darker-headed Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on the nest at Yale.  Four Common Grackles were displaying in what appears to be a kind of lek.  One by one, each would spread its wings and vocalize:

Common Grackle

For the first time ever, we saw an Osprey flying over the greenbelt.

When we got home, our neighbors were working in their back yard.  One said she thought she heard a Broad-tailed Hummingbird earlier today.  I’ve had my feeder up for almost ten days (I change the nectar regularly), but haven’t seen one on our back deck yet.