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Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Category: Birding at the Chico
See them tumbling down
Pledging their love to the ground
Lonely but free I'll be found
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.

Cares of the past are behind
Nowhere to go but I'll find
Just where the trail will wind
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.

Sons of the Pioneers
Posted by Bill M. on 12/26/2011

Tracks in the Snow
Category: Birding at the Chico
Northern Bobwhite is an eastern game bird that breeds east to eastern Colorado.  At the end of April, pen-raised birds were released near Lower Twin Pond.  A covey of 10 have found suitable habitat about 7 miles from the release spot on the Chico and they are currently feeding on olive berries that have fallen to the ground while fleeing inquisitive coyotes near the banding station.  The bobwhite tracks in the snow gave away their presecence and eventually the covey walked into an opening.
Posted by Bill M. on 12/25/2011

Ravens - Opportunists
Category: Birding at the Chico
Two raven species are found on the Chico, the southern Chihuahuan that nests sporadically on the Chico, likely the northernmost breeding area for this species in Colorado.  The other mostly mountain species, Common Raven, moves to the plains during the winter.  It is larger with a longer bill and gray-based vs. white-based neck feathers.  Both species are highly intelligent birds taking advantage of any food source, here a dead Horned Lark which will be added to its diet.
Posted by Bill M. on 12/25/2011

Snow and Birds
Category: Birding at the Chico

The recent snowfall has made foraging difficult for seed-eating birds.  The Curve-billed Thrasher was foraging at the main ranch building where the heat of the sun melted snow at the foundation.  Curve-billed Thrasher is normally a secretive bird, nesting in the summer in the densest cholla cactus on the ranch.  Today, this thrasher was only interested in finding food, allowing close approach.

Posted by Bill M. on 12/25/2011

   
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