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Saturday Bird Walk & Bird Count − January 20, 2018
Sunny and chilly. 25°F. 2-4 mph. 11 participants.

Today, I made the foolish announcement that we were going to look for a specific bird, a rare
Canada Goose ©Kevin Rutherford
one. Usually this leads to disappointment because, obviously, rare birds are hard to find. And, when you are so focused on seeing one thing you don't always appreciate what is right in front of you. The slide show this week is a bit one-dimensional because we did find our rare bird. Two of them, in fact!

          Photographs from January 20, 2018 Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk
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American Kestrel ©Neal Zaun
Steve and the Snowy Owl
©Nancy Ries Morrison


 Boulder Reservoir
©Eileen Rutherford
Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs
©Steve Frye

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Bird of the Day
Snowy Owl − Bubo scandiacus   
I have seen a lot of birds in Boulder County, but never a snowy owl. Last Wednesday one was
Snowy Owl ©Kevin Rutherford
reported on the Diagonal Highway, so we had to go looking. Very soon after we arrived at Boulder Reservoir this morning, we saw a white-topped lump out on the ice. A snowy owl! We were so focused on it that it took a few minutes to see another lump out on the ice. Two snowy owls! We went to all sides of the reservoir to get a better look, but they were both in the middle. When we were over near the marina, one of the owls, who had been flying to various spots on the ice, flew right toward us and landed on a nearby sailboat mast. The rest is history, as they say.

All About Birds, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
Snowy Owl ©Kevin Rutherford

All About Birds, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Academy:   Snowy Owl Invasion

BirdFellow:   Snowy Owl

Audubon, Guide to North American Birds:

Youtube Video by WBCBoulderCO:
Snowy Owl ©Neal Zaun

Youtube Video by Cobrrdrr:

 Bird Count: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Boulder Reservoir Complex, Boulder, Colorado, US
Sat Jan 20, 2018  
Snowy Owl ©Kevin Rutherford
7:45 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 300
Gadwall 2
Mallard 10
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 10
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Ring-billed Gull 10
     gull sp. 10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Snowy Owl ©Clark Anderson

Snowy Owl 2, see Bird of the Day
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 2
Black-billed Magpie 2
Common Raven 1
European Starling 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4

Snowy Owl ©Eileen Rutherford
Snowy Owl ©Steve Frye


                                                  Total species seen: 20

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