Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Karval Moutain Plover Festival Sightings

This is the final tally of the birds sighted at the Plover Festival. It was a great weekend  and a fun time with fellow birders. The weather was warm and sunny. What an amazing way to see the area. Thanks to all the local ranchers for the visit to their land and sharing the wonders of the short grass prairie.  None of this would have been possible without the many helping hands in our community. 

One of the highlights of the festival was the trio of Broad-winged Hawks. It doesn't get much better than this.

This weekend was the 4th Annual Karval Mountain Plover Festival. We
were graced with good weather, great company and some pretty decent
birding. The Karval Community Alliance thanks all the participants and
invites all to attend next years event scheduled for April 29, 30 and
May 1,  2011

65 species were detected:
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue winged-Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Scaled Quail
Eared Grebe
Great Blue Heron
White-face Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Broad Winged Hawk (3 spotted by K. Corwin on fri evening, 2 were re-
located sat. am, straight south of Karval in the wood lot south of the
fertilizer plant)
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestral
American Coot
Mountain Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Northern Flicker (Red and Yellow shafted)
Say's Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Rock Wren
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle's and Audubon's)
Nashville Warbler (same wood lot as Broad wings)
Spotted Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow 

Please consider adding the 5th Annual Plover Festival to your birding
adventures in 2011 

Seth Gallagher
Stewardship Director
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Fort Collins

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