Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coolest Evening of Birding in a Long Time

This afternoon work wrapped up a bit early, so I headed to Boulder County to get a visit in to one of the Spring migration hot spots, and just one of the coolest spots to visit in general - Gregory Canyon.

I arrived and was checking out the entrance road when another photographer walked up. He was trying to relocate a Black-throated Gray Warbler he had seen this morning. At the time it was fairly quiet and I had to settle for a Catbird, some Virginia Warblers, and displaying Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.

Around six o'clock I watched a Black-capped Chickadee move past some trees, and then did a double take at the 'reversed' chickadee. It didn't take long to realize that I had found the Black-throated Gray Warbler. Like most warblers it was distant, and the pictures aren't ideal - but I'll take distinguishable any day.

I had another surprise when I checked my email this evening - the following cheesy award was waiting for me:

The meat of it was really cool. Whenever I get through Florida pictures I will introduce Semipalmated Sandpiper JNT. I was amazed that I had been able to pull the code from a photograph of the tag - even more that they could tell me within 24 hours that I had found a bird that was banded back in 2004! How cool is that?

I will get posts up from my trip, but for my own future reference my year and lifetime totals stand at:

2011 Count: 153
Lifetime: 268

1 comment:

  1. That's really cool getting that award!