Great Fun Birding in Loveland

Wow, what a day we had Saturday on our first “Birding The Big Thompson” River Walk.

Twenty-eight people attended and that was without ten people that canceled!
My sister Lauren Burke, and friends Sarah Burbank (who provided all the photos below, thanks Sarah!),
Kathleen Dowd and Denise Bretting came along and helped a ton. My goal on these walks is to really make sure everyone sees the bird. Without these gals it wouldn’t have happened.

Line of cars parked at the trail head
November can be a quiet month for birding, but we had some nice winter species. Here we’re all looking at a hidden Juncos and an American Tree Sparrow.
I think I was expounding on the differences between the Red-shafted, Yellow-shafted and intergrades of Northern Flickers here. We did see a lovely intergrade on the walk. A bird with mostly Red-shafted characteristics, but that had faint, but observable red markings on the back of his head.Here’s the mob before we left on the walk.
I was amazed at the turnout and I’m pretty sure everyone was from Loveland. Lots of folks were new to birding, several had been watching for awhile and a few were darn good at it. The group really seemed to have fun and the feedback I’ve gotten back so far has been positive. Some folks would like to see me limit group size and I understand that, but for now I’m not going to. We’ll see where this leads. I love bringing folks from the community together and sharing our love of birds.
Believe it or not I did not take any pictures! But if you’d like to see a few, a Loveland Connection photographer was there and took a few. One of their reporters called me also and you can read the story here.

Here is our bird list for the day:
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Ring-billed Gull
Canada Goose
Mallard
European Starling
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Lesser Scaup
Redhead Duck
Belted Kingfisher
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Cooper’s Hawk
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Juncos – Pink-sided and Oregon
American Kestrel
Townsend’s Solitaire
American Wigeon
Great Blue Heron

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