Thursday, 16 June 2011

Fantastic birds, amazing scenery, Colorado is highly recomended as a destination for anyone. Still got a touch of jetlag but getting back into the swing of things now.
Final total of 189 birds (with one still pending further investigation) which wasn't bad considering the flycatchers and sparrows were a nightmare to ID. Got loads of photos (ca800!) which need to be edited but I will attempt to put on the highlights in the coming days and weeks.

Top 5 birds

1. Broad-tailed hummingbird
2. Clark's nutcracker
3. Mountain bluebird
4. American avocet
5. Mountain plover

Were very jammy with a few difficult species especially the mountain plovers. The first day we found 3 outside the main area while looking for upland sandpiper and then the next day we had an adult with 2 chicks! - not bad considering there are less than 10,000 birds and only one of two places where they breed! Also got lucky with pine grosbeak, three-toed woodpecker (flushed from the side of the road), rosy-finches and white-tailed ptarmigan.

More to come soon

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