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Birding at the Chico

The Chico Basin Ranch is a major flyway for migratory birds, due to the abundant springs, lakes and bird habitat on the ranch. The ranch works closely with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and has over 300 birds on the ranch bird list. Many people come to the ranch in the spring and fall to bird.

Bill Maynard is one of birders that comes most frequently. When we asked him if he would keep the ranch birding journal, he was pleased and agreed to do it. Thank you Bill! Bill has taught high school biology, worked as a naturalist for the National Park Service and as a biologist for a variety of government agencies. He has also worked for the American Birding Association at their national headquarters in Colorado Springs. 

Click Here to download the Ranch Bird Checklist

Click Here to download the Birding Trail Map (4mb PDF)

Click Here to download the Ranch Dragonfly and Damselfly Checklist



Coyotes

Birds are scarce but...

The coyote appears in Native American tales, often as being very savvy. Sometimes called prairie wolf, they once lived primarily in open prairies and deserts, but they now are found in forest and mountain habitats too. They have even colonized cities like Los Angeles.

They eat almost anything...rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, insects, snakes, grass, carrion, bird eggs, and even Russian olive fruits. Pests to many, to others they are God's dog.  They can run up to 40 miles an hour, forming packs for effective hunting. This  individual was feeding withing 3 feet of 7 cows, each ignoring the others. 

Fans of coyotes should enjoy reading Skywater, a fable about Brand X and his fellow coyotes by Melida Worth Popham with a very sad ending. 

Posted by Bill M. on 01/27/2011

Virginia Rail - Marsh Specialist
Today, two rail species were seen well at the north end of Headquarters Pond, Sora and Virginia Rail.  Both individuals were heard calling first.  As long as there is running water, both species can winter in Colorado although the majority of both species migrate farther south. 
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 4 - Red-tailed Hawk
Most often seen perching in riparian areas where it perches and waits for small rodents to appear.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 3 - Prairie Falcon
The Prairie Falcon recently fed; notice the full crop.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 2 - Northern Harrier
Northern Harriers cruise slowly making low passes over wetland and grassland habitats during winter.  A few nest on the Chico in cattail marshes.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 1
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

   
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