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Saturday Bird Walk & Bird Count − March 17, 2018
Sunny and pleasant. 40°F. 2-4 mph. 14 participants.

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Red-Tailed Hawk Driving Off a Golden Eagle ©Kevin Rutherford
It was a great day to go looking for bluebirds in the foothills because we didn't have any wind! We found some eventually despite my hacking cough - sorry. This morning really felt like the first spring walk of the year.


             Photographs from March 17, 2018 Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk
       
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Great Blue Heron ©Jane Baryames
Great Blue Herons ©Steve Frye











              
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Bird of the Day
      Mountain Bluebird
Sialia currucoides
   
 
   
   
 
 
 
  
 
   
Spring is in the air and with it comes territoriality. We saw two male mountain bluebirds face off
Mountain Bluebird ©Neal Zaun
in a little skirmish this morning. While I don't feel that either of these birds were actually on territory, the hormones are still pumping and they get after each other no matter where. So even the seemingly mild-mannered bluebirds have a squabble once in a while.


All About Birds, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology:  

BirdFellow:   Mountain Bluebird

Audubon, Guide to North American Birds:
Mountain Bluebird ©Neal Zaun


Youtube Video by trails:
 





Mountain Bluebirds Battle
©Kevin Rutherford
Mountain Bluebirds Battle
©Kevin Rutherford

 Bird in the Slide Show: Saturday, March 17, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joder Ranch, Boulder, Colorado, US


Mar 17, 2018  7:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Mountain Bluebird ©Kevin Rutherford
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
18 species (+2 other taxa)

Bald Eagle 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 5
Northern Flicker 2
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay 2
Black-billed Magpie 4
American Crow 2
Mountain Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Pygmy Nuthatch 8
Mountain Bluebird 20, see Bird of the Day
American Robin 1
European Starling 20
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Mountain Bluebird ©Jane Baryames

     Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
     Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Western Meadowlark 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 8



Boulder Reservoir complex, Boulder, Colorado, US

Mar 17, 2018 10:20 AM - 10:55 AM
Western Meadowlark
©Jane Baryames

Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
17 species

Canada Goose 2
Gadwall 20
American Wigeon 4
Horned Grebe 4
Great Blue Heron 9
Golden Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Coot 6
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay ©Neal Zaun

Ring-billed Gull 10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Great Horned Owl 1
Black-billed Magpie 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Western Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
House Finch 1

Mountain Bluebird ©Kevin Rutherford

Mountain Bluebird ©Neal Zaun












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Total Species Seen: 31
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