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2013 Field Trip Reports

FCAS "Geese and Ducks" Field Trip

November 23, 2013. Leader: John Shenot

Highlights: Six different species of goose in one great morning! In addition to the expected Canada and Cackling geese in large numbers, a group of 8 birders observed nearly 50 Snow Geese, and 1 each of Ross's Goose, Greater White-Fronted Goose, and Brant. Dozens of other bird species were also observed, including American Pipits.

Cottonwood Hollow/Riverbend Ponds Natural Areas

October 19, 2013. Leader: John Shenot

A small group of chapter members enjoyed a beautiful fall morning close to home. We observed nearly 40 species of birds, including a large number of White-crowned Sparrows and a few locally less common species: a Wilson's Snipe, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Mountain Bluebirds, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. This was an unusually late date for observing a gnatcatcher in Larimer County, if not a county record. We were also treated to close-up views of a mink!

Rocky Mountain Chorus

June 15, 2013. Leader: Nick Komar.

It was a gorgeous day. From Red Feather Lakes, we started to go west up Deadman Rd., but after a couple miles we hit a closed gate, so instead we made a big circle north to CR80C, west through Cherokee Park to Four Corners, then south along the Laramie River Rd to Hwy 14, then east to Rustic and north to Red Feather. In spite of the heavy pine and spruce mortality, the mountains were beautiful with many blooming wildflowers. Highlight was an unexpected Lewis's Woodpecker, and watching a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches working on a nest. The focus was bird songs and we clearly heard songs from Green-tailed Towhee, Lincoln's, Vesper and White-crowned Sparrows, Warbling and Plumbeous Vireos, Yellow-rumped, Yellow and MacGillivray's Warblers, Hermit Thrush and American Robin, Western Tanager, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dusky Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee. Overall, we encountered more than 50 species between 6 am and 5 pm.

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