Field Trips

Field Trips General Information

Find info about upcoming field trips in the Calendar.

All field trips are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. All experience levels are welcome. Bring snacks or lunch, water, binoculars, and spotting scopes. RSVP strongly encouraged.

Field Trip Reports

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2017 Field Trip Reports

Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Date: March 18, 2017

Leader: John Shenot

Other attendees: 10

Highlights: The weather was spectacular, the Western Meadowlarks were singing their hearts out, and the ducks – 11 species of ducks – were abundant. Great Blue Herons had settled into their rookery near the east blind. Spring was definitely in the air! A complete checklist of observations is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35254709.

Bobcat Ridge Monthly Survey

Date: March 12, 2017

Leader: Denise Bretting

Other attendees: 14

Highlights: In Colorado, you often hear about bluebird skies. Well, I don’t think this is what the phrase means but it sure is cool: the group on this field trip observed about 200 Mountain Bluebirds, plus a couple of Western Bluebirds thrown in for good measure. High winds probably reduced the chances to see other birds, but 200 bluebirds? Seriously? That’s a good day!!! A complete checklist of observations is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35135977.

Jackson Reservoir State Park

Date: February 25, 2017

Leader: Austin Hess

Other attendees: 3

Highlights: The weather was much more winter than hoped-for early spring, but as usual this hotspot did not disappoint. The group found around 30 Bald Eagles, a Cedar Waxwing pair with the male feeding the female, a Rough-legged Hawk, a nice duck diversity, around 30 Wild Turkeys (outside of the State Park), and 3 early migrant American White Pelicans. A complete checklist of observations inside the park is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34788232.

Bobcat Ridge Monthly Survey

Date: February 12, 2017

Leader: Denise Bretting

Other attendees: 18

Highlights: As in January, the highlight of this month’s survey was once again an American Woodcock that continued to be seen throughout January and February. Well, that was the rarest bird anyway. High numbers of corvids also made the outing special: dozens of Steller’s Jays and even more Clark’s Nutcrackers, along with a scattering of Common Ravens, American Crows, Blue Jays, Black-billed Magpies, and Woodhouse’s Scrub-jays. Hitting double digits (10) on Cassin’s Finches rounded out the day. A complete checklist of observations is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34325721.

Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Areas

Date: January 28, 2017

Leader: John Shenot

Other attendees: 9

Highlights: Things were a little slower than usual at this natural area, due to less open water that is normal even for January. Still, the group got superb views of adult and juvenile Bald Eagles, and a Northern Shrike proved to be a “life bird” for some of the attendees. A complete checklist of observations is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33986560.

Bobcat Ridge Monthly Survey

Date: January 8, 2017

Leader: Denise Bretting

Other attendees: 10

Highlights: Finding 29 species in one location can be a challenge in January, but despite the great variety of birds there can be no mistaking the highlight of this trip. The group was treated to views of an American Woodcock, for which there are very few historical records in Northern Colorado. This is the third January in a row that Woodcocks have been seen at Bobcat Ridge. Two individuals were observed. A complete checklist of observations is available here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33548079.

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