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Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 05.05.18

Bird of the Day: Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Skunk Canyon Trails, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Cherryvale Office area and Sombrero Marsh & Pond, Boulder, US-CO, May 5, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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May 5, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: May 5, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: May 5, 2018

May 5, 2018. Sunny and mild. 60°F. 1-5 mph. 24 participants.
Global Big Day. Besides the vast array of avian treasures this morning, we were treated to two other notable natural history events. One was watching a chorus frog at close range calling. The other was two huge bull snakes mating. See slide show. Spring is getting into full swing! Many new species (for the year) will be streaming through in the next few weeks so get out there to see ‘em.

Bird of the Day – Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos – Boulder, CO
I decided that a common bird needed some love from the Bird of the Day Committee. We watched a female mallard with her many new ducklings at Sombrero Marsh this morning. Mallards, along with most waterfowl, have precocial young meaning they are mobile and can feed themselves right after hatching. They will stay with the female for protection until they are able to fly. Note in one of the slides the female is calling to gather her young.

Mallards ©Steve Frye
Mallards by Steve Frye

American Avocet – Recurvirostra Americana. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 04.28.18

Bird of the Day: American Avocet – Recurvirostra Americana

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at 63rd St. Pond–Resource Center and Walden Ponds & Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Habitats, Boulder, US-CO, April 28, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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April 28, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: April 28, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018. Sunny and gorgeous. 60°F. 0-3 mph. 15 participants.
Spring is springing! With it, comes all kinds of activity around territoriality like nest building, singing, and fighting. We witnessed an epic battle today between two male red-winged blackbirds that ended up in the water still going at each other. See the slide show and video for more details.

Bird of the Day – American Avocet – Recurvirostra Americana – Boulder, CO
The elegant American Avocet is always a delight to behold. It is especially thrilling to see them for the first time when they return in the spring. That time was this morning for me. American avocets have a recurved bill meaning it bends upward. Both male and female are similar in their plumage, but you can tell them apart by the recurve in their bills. Female avocets have a more recurved bill compared to males. I figured out early in life that females are more curvy, so this is an easy one to remember.

American Avocet ©Neal Zaun
American Avocet by Neal Zaun

Solitary Sandpiper – Tringa solitaria. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 04.21.18

Bird of the Day: Solitary Sandpiper – Tringa solitaria

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at 63rd St. Pond–Resource Center, Boulder Creek–75th St. and Baseline Reservoir, Boulder, US-CO, April 21, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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April 21, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: April 21, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018. Snowing. 28°F. 2-4 mph. 4 participants.
It was sloppy out this morning. It was snowing a bit too hard to find many little birds. However, the needed moisture will make it better for the birds later this spring and summer.

Bird of the Day – Solitary Sandpiper – Tringa solitaria – Boulder, CO
At first glance, a solitary sandpiper looks a like a lesser yellowlegs, except it doesn’t have as long a bill or legs. Look for the white eye ring and in its alternate (breeding) plumage, its back is rather dark with a checkerboard of white spots. The one we watched along Boulder Creek actually flew towards us to help me get some kind of photo in the less than ideal photographic conditions.

Solitary Sandpiper ©Steve Frye
Solitary Sandpiper by Steve Frye

Cinnamon Teal – Anas cyanoptera. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 04.14.18

Bird of the Day: Cinnamon Teal – Anas cyanoptera

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Sombrero Marsh & Pond, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Cherryvale Office area, and Eldorado Springs (town), Boulder, US-CO, April 14, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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April 14, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: April 14, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018. Sunny and mild. 50°F. 2-10 mph. 10 participants.
At the top of the local bird news was a sighting of an Anna’s Hummingbird at Alison’s home (she’s a Saturday Birder). We planned our route so we would end up over there in hopes of seeing this rare hummingbird. We missed on the hummer, but it was great to spend some time in Alison’s beautiful yard. Thanks Alison. She sent me some pictures of the Anna’s that are included in this week’s slide show.

Bird of the Day – Cinnamon Teal – Anas cyanoptera – Boulder, CO
A male cinnamon teal is a most striking bird. You can see that warm reddish brown color from across the pond. When you get a closer look you can see long gold and black feathers that lay on their back and the almost creepy red eye. Cinnamon teal are a small duck, but their long body shape and big shoveler-like bill gives them the appearance of a larger duck. Female teal are an id challenge, but you can separate out female cinnamons by their same bill and body shape combined with a plain face.

Cinnamon Teal ©Kevin Rutherford
Cinnamon Teal By Kevin Rutherford

Wood Duck – Aix sponsa. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 04.07.18

Bird of the Day:  Wood Duck – Aix sponsa

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Pella Crossing Open Space, Crane Hollow Road and ponds, and Foothills Reservoir & McCaslin Lake area, Boulder, US-CO, April 7, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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April 7, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: April 7, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018. Cloudy and chilly. 28°F. 2-6 mph. 4 participants.
This morning was quite a departure from the bird watching I was doing last week in Mexico (at least weather-wise). All those migrants I saw making their way northward along the Gulf Coast are starting to show up here now. Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of changes!

Bird of the Day – Wood Duck – Aix sponsa – Boulder, CO
One of the fun things about this morning was watching a pair of Wood Ducks exploring the big trees around the Crane Hollow Heronry searching for a nest site. Wood ducks get their names because they nest in tree hollows. At one point this morning, the female wood duck was clinging onto the side of a broken off branch. Supporting herself with her webbed claws and pressing her tail against the tree – woodpecker style. Then she would tilt up and poke her head into the cavity to see if anyone else was using it! I’m sure that is a very anxious moment.

Wood Ducks ©Neal Zaun
Wood Ducks by Neal Zaun

Steve’s Spring Break in Mexico Bird List – March 25 through April 1, 2018 – Wild Bird Company

Wild Bird Photos from our Steve’s Spring Break in Mexico 03.25.18 through 04.01.18 – Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Dear Customers & Friends – Over Spring Break this year my family had the pleasure of spending our vacation with our friends from Mexico. They live in Monterey, but also have a ranch on the Gulf Coast, where we spent most of our time. I had never been to Mexico so I really enjoyed seeing some new birds. Many thanks to my family, and to Paloma, Javier and family, all his siblings and their families, and their friends. It was fantastic.

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Steve’s Spring Break in Mexico Bird List – March 25 through April 1, 2018 – Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Photo Gallery: March 25 through April 1, 2018

Slide Show: March 25 through April 1, 2018

Sunrise Over the Gulf of Mexico ©Steve Frye
Sunrise Over the Gulf of Mexico by Steve Frye

Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 03.31.18

Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus

Bird of the Day. Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat and Sombrero Marsh & Pond, Boulder, US-CO, March 31, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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March 31, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

March 31, 2018. 11 participants.
Looks like I missed another fine bird walk. I will send my Spring Break report out in a few days. Once again, I would like to thank those who went out on the bird walk and for sending me (us) images. A special thanks to Jane for sharing her checklists.

Photo Gallery: March 31, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: March 31, 2018
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Bird of the Day – Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus – Boulder, CO
This very special bird was a little far off, but still a thrill to see for many. It was even a life bird for a few!

Peregrine Falcon ©Jane Baryames
Peregrine Falcon by Jane Baryames

Great Horned Owl – Bubo virginianus. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 03.24.18

Great Horned Owl – Bubo virginianus

Bird of the Day. Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Walden and Sawhill Ponds, Boulder, US-CO, March 24, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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March 24, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

March 24, 2018. I was out of town for this walk. Looked like a good one. Thanks to all my Saturday Birders for going out and for sending images.

Photo Gallery: March 24, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: March 24, 2018
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Bird of the Day – Great Horned Owl – Bubo virginianus – Boulder, CO
I was just guessing about the Bird of the Day. I think it could also have been a black-capped chickadee or one of the teals. Watch the slide show and make your own determination of which bird should get Bird of the Day honors.

Great Horned Owl ©Neal Zaun
Great Horned Owl by Neal Zaun

Mountain Bluebird – Sialia currucoides. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 03.17.18

Mountain Bluebird – Sialia currucoides

Bird of the Day. Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Joder Ranch and Boulder Reservoir complex Boulder, US-CO, March 17, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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March 17, 2018 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: March 17, 2018 Bird Walk

Slide Show: March 17, 2018
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March 17, 2018. Sunny and pleasant. 40°F. 2-4 mph. 14 participants.
It was a great day to go looking for bluebirds in the foothills because we didn’t have any wind! We found some eventually despite my hacking cough – sorry. This morning really felt like the first spring walk of the year.

Bird of the Day – Mountain Bluebird – Sialia currucoides – Boulder, CO
Spring is in the air and with it comes territoriality. We saw two male mountain bluebirds face off in a little skirmish this morning. While I don’t feel that either of these birds were actually on territory, the hormones are still pumping and they get after each other no matter where. So even the seemingly mild-mannered bluebirds have a squabble once in a while.

Mountain Bluebird ©Neal Zaun
Mountain Bluebird by Neal Zaun

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Brown Pelican – Pelecanus occidentalis − Louisiana State Bird
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