You might have heard of the name by now – Gullapalooza. I’m not a hundred percent sure, but my guess would be that the name was coined by Ted Floyd, shown below using his great oratory skills in trying to inform and organize over 2oo birders before we head out.Here is a small portion of the crowd, with the Xcel Energy Valmont Plant in the background. Beyond that – nearly unknown birding territory. The event was sponsored by several organizations:
American Birding Association, Boulder Bird Club, Colorado Field Ornithologists, Nikon Sport OpticsDenver Field Ornithologists, American Birding Association, Xcel Energy, Boulder Bird Club, and Nikon Sport Optics.

And was led by an amazing bunch of world renowned Birding Leaders:

Bill Schmoker, Jeff Gordon, Bill Kaempfer, Dave Madonna, The Xcel Energy Guy, Nathan Pieplow, Joel Such, and Marcel Such of Lyons, CO, and Mike Freiberg.
One of the delightful birds found was an immature Black-crowned Night Heron.
Here is a portion of our group (there were about 8 groups) checking out a distant Tundra Swan, Red-breasted Mergansers and others.
I was being followed.
A lovely little winter surprise – Horned Grebe. He seemed to be just as interested in us as we were in him.
Ready, set, SCOPE!
We had stunning views of the mountains.
Oooh, and look, GULLS! SEA GULLS!
I snapped this shot on my way out. Ominous and cool looking.
It was a very fun experience, seeing all those birders together was a blast. Most people abode by the rules and stayed with their group.. but there is always a few who don’t, which still surprises me. I saw some nice birds, got to be in an area mostly closed off to the public. Say hi to new and old friends. Meet Liz Gordon, which if the truth be told was nearly the only reason I went!

Well, that and seeing what kind of hat Ted Floyd would wear. I wasn’t disappointed.

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4 Responses to GullapalOOza!

  1. DaveABirding says:

    Looks like it was fun. By the time it falls on a day when I can actually attend there are going to 500 people!

  2. Ted Floyd says:

    If you want to see the hat, scoot on over to Marcel Such’s blog and scroll down to the last photo:

  3. Dave, it is an event to attend, at least once! Thanks for the link Ted! Great hats by the way.

  4. Larry says:

    Interesting post Connie. It’s great to get together with a bunch of birders, you always learn something from the others in the group. I find birders eager to share what they know.

    I like the shot of the young Black-crowned Night Heron. I remember the first time I saw one I had no idea what it was. The yellowish orange eye helped with the ID.

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