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Today's Rarest Bird
Category: Birding at the Chico
This Veteran's Day produced a rarely recorded bird on the Chico, an Eastern Phoebe.  As the name implies it is an eastern species and a few do breed as far north in Colorado as southern Pueblo County.  These flycatchers, phoebes, are hardy birds and so it is not all that surprising that one has stayed this long in Colorado.  Most flycatchers leave the state for southern locations were insects will be around during winter months. As recently as 15 years ago, there were only a couple records of this species from Colorado in November.
Posted by Bill M. on 11/11/2011

Ducks on the Move
Category: Birding at the Chico
During last week's cold spell, some ice formed on the shallow, wind-free areas of the Chico ponds.  Cold weather and ducks occur together. Today, all of the Chico reservoirs were loaded with ducks with Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads, Northern Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeons, Gadwalls, and Mallards being the most common.  Here, a female Northern Pintail comes in to land at Upper Twin Pond, joining over a hundred American Coots and just as many ducks on this scenic pond.
Posted by Bill M. on 11/11/2011

Marsh Wrens on Winter Territory
Category: Birding at the Chico
Marsh Wrens do not breed on the Chico but a few spend the winter here exclusively in cattail marshes where they give away their prescence with their chattery scolds. If the observer is patient, the wren will eventually come into view to investigate who or what is in their territory. Some authors believe that eastern birds with their darker crowns and whiter supercillium and with a slower, less varied song are a different species than their western counterparts.
Posted by Bill M. on 11/11/2011

   
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