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4TH SATURDAY BIRDWALK, THE NATURE AND RAPTOR CENTER, NOVEMBER 28:  Clif Smith and Donna Emmons were the observers for this month's walk and enjoyed sightings of winter-arriving waterfowl, including several Common Goldeneyes.  Also observing the waterfowl was a beautiful adult Bald Eagle, perched in a cottonwood across from the Nature Center boardwalk.  A Belted Kingfisher was another highlight.

There was a good variety of species for the day on land as well, with favorites Brown Creeper, Canyon Towhee, Great-horned Owl and Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the mix.  The complete list of sightings follows.

The next scheduled date for this walk is January 23, 8 - 11 am .  Meet the AVAS member/leader in the parking area for a stroll to see which of your favorite species shows itself that day.

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Canyon Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow

Below are trip reports for November 14 and  28.  This updates trip reports for 2009. 

Thanks and Happy Holidays - Donna 

Location:      Pueblo Reservoir
Observation date:      11/14/09
Notes:     AVAS Field Trip around Pueblo Reservoir.  A great day, with Parasitic Jaeger, Red-throated Loon, Thayer's Gull, some species of swallow, and other birds.  One person came from Longmont , others from Colorado Springs , Rye , Penrose, Pueblo West, and Pueblo .  The weather was cloudy and cold, drizzle, a little steamy at times, and a little wind.
Number of species:     51

Snow Goose     quite a few flocks  (also Blue Geese)
Ross's Goose     few
Wood Duck     X
Gadwall     X
American Wigeon     X
Mallard     X
Northern Shoveler     X
Northern Pintail     X
Lesser Scaup     X
Bufflehead     X
Common Goldeneye     X
Common Merganser     X
Scaled Quail     X
Red-throated Loon     1
Common Loon     6
Pied-billed Grebe     X
Horned Grebe     X
Eared Grebe     X

Western Grebe     X
Clark's Grebe     2
Double-crested Cormorant     6
Great Blue Heron     X
Osprey     1
Bald Eagle     1
Northern Harrier     X
Red-tailed Hawk     X
American Coot     X
Bonaparte's Gull     10
Ring-billed Gull     X
California Gull     X
Herring Gull     X
Thayer's Gull     1 juvenile
Parasitic Jaeger     1  chasing gulls around off and on
Downy Woodpecker     X
Northern Flicker     X
Loggerhead Shrike     X
American Crow     X
Horned Lark     X
swallow sp.     1  (not Barn, Tree, or Violet-green)
Bewick's Wren     X
Mountain Bluebird     X
Townsend's Solitaire     X
American Robin     X
European Starling     X
Canyon Towhee     X
American Tree Sparrow     X
Song Sparrow     X
White-crowned Sparrow     X
Dark-eyed Junco     X
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Western Meadowlark     X
American Goldfinch     X

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4th Saturday Birdwalk at Nature and Raptor Center, October 24 -
The morning started with an ominous sky and an ill wind, to say the least, but mellowed out to a beautiful fall day complete with brilliant cottonwoods shedding gold. We had five wide eyed birders- Bill McGurn, Harry Rurup, Margie Joy, and Sharon and Al from Pueblo West. We started at 8:00 A.M. and birded till 11:00 A.M. counting a brief coffee break

The day's discovery:

Wood Duck
Scaled Quail
Western Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
House Finch

Pied billed Grebe
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Belted Kingfisher
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch
Double-crested Cormorant
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Wilson's Snipe
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Flicker
Song Sparrow
American Coot
Ringed-billed Gull
Three observers walked all of the Valco Ponds side of the river for the October 3rd morning field trip around Valco Ponds.  Some sightings occurred at Pueblo Reservoir, though it was fairly quiet there, according to trip leader and compiler, Brandon Percival.
Brandon will lead another trip on November 14 to Pueblo Reservoir.  Check details in the newsletter or on the AVAS website,
1. Wood Duck
2. Gadwall
3. Mallard
4. Blue-winged Teal
5. Green-winged Teal
6. Ruddy Duck
7. Pied-billed Grebe
8. Western Grebe
9. Double-crested Cormorant
10. Great Blue Heron
11. Turkey Vulture
12. Northern Harrier
13. Red-tailed Hawk
14. Killdeer
15. Ring-billed Gull
16. California Gull
17. Eurasian Collared-Dove
18. Belted Kingfisher
19. Red-naped Sapsucker
20. Downy Woodpecker
21. Hairy Woodpecker
22. Northern Flicker
23. Black Phoebe
24. Blue Jay
25. Common Raven
26. Violet-green Swallow
27. Black-capped Chickadee
28. Bushtit
29. Red-breasted Nuthatch
30. White-breasted Nuthatch
31. Bewick's Wren
32. House Wren
33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
34. American Robin
35. Curve-billed Thrasher
36. European Starling
37. Cedar Waxwing
38. Orange-crowned Warbler
39. Yellow-rumped Warbler
40. Common Yellowthroat
41. Yellow-breasted Chat
42. Western Tanager
43. Spotted Towhee
44. Canyon Towhee
45. Chipping Sparrow
46. Song Sparrow
47. Lincoln's Sparrow
48. White-crowned Sparrow
49. Dark-eyed Junco
50. Red-winged Blackbird
51. Common Grackle
52. House Finch
53. Pine Siskin
54. Lesser Goldfinch
55. American Goldfinch
56. House Sparrow

On September 26, Allen and Sharon Ellis, John Gallagher and Donna Emmons enjoyed an interesting assortment of birds at the 4th Saturday Birdwalk, The Nature and Raptor Center .  Highlights were watching the Belted Kingfisher dive, catch and eat a small fish and the Osprey directly overhead with a larger lunch in his talons.


Next birdwalk at The Nature Center is scheduled for October 24, 8 - 11 am .  Join us! 

Sightings for the day –
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture

Northern Harrier
Killdeer Mourning
DoveBelted Kingfisher


Northern Flicker
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Canyon Towhee
Lincoln ’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Below is the report for Butterfly Count at MPEC, submitted by Clif Smith.
Following the list of sightings is the link to photos made by Paul Hurtado.
Many thanks to Mark, Clif and Paul and to those who participated.

Results of the 3rd MPEC Butterfly Count on July 19, 2009.

12 participants counted 20 species of butterflies.

Species Count:
Western Tiger Swallowtail - 1
Pine White - 3
Cabbage White - 3
Orange Sulphur - 5
Colorado Hairstreak - 5
Gray Hairstreak - 6
Reakirt's Blue - 3
Western Tailed Blue - 1
Acmon Blue - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 4

Photos of these sightings may be viewed on the following link: Click here

Aphrodite Fritillary - 9
Field Crescent - 2
Mourning Cloak - 3
Weidemeyer's Admiral - 2
Common Wood Nymph - 4
Rocky mountain Duskywing - 3
Checkered Skipper - 5
Common Sootywing - 1
Russet Skipperling - 1
Taxiles Skipper - 1
Dun Skipper - 3
4th Saturday Birdwalk Report, Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center, June 27, 2009

Leon Bright, leader. Other observers: Bill McGurn, Clif Smith, Jim Good, Peg Rooney, Jan Swarm and Sally Smith, a new AVAS member.

A very nice Saturday morning along with many singing birds greeted seven AVAS members for the monthly bird walk at the Nature Center in Pueblo. While the species diversity was adequate but not high, the overall number of birds was gratifying and the presence of several fledglings made for a very enjoyable outing.

Among the 35 species identified, probably the most interesting was the family of six Rock Wrens cavorting on the bluffs just west of the parking lot. The youngsters flew and hopped in and out of a crevice where no doubt their nest was hidden.

Many House Wrens sang throughout the route and Yellow Warblers and Bullock’s Orioles brightened the green foliage of the large cottonwoods along the river. Ready-to-fledge Barn Swallows in their nest attached to the Center building drew everyone’s attention. Along the trail the group was able to get good views of several species of flycatchers.

In all it was a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning in June.

The trip list is as follows:

Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collard-Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black Capped Chickadee
Rock Wren
House Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Canyon Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Location: CF&I Lakes, Pueblo

Observation date: 6/6/09

Notes: Breeding Bird Atlas Block trip. Led by Mark Yaeger.

Other observers: Clif Smith, Margie Joy, Lura Zimmerman, Brandon Percival, and one other, whose name I can't recall.

Number of species: 56

Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 1 (escape)

Wood Duck X

Gadwall X

Mallard X

Western Grebe X

Clark's Grebe X

American White Pelican X

Double-crested Cormorant X

American Bittern 1 (calling)

Great Blue Heron X

heron sp. 1

Turkey Vulture 4

Osprey 2

Northern Harrier 1

Swainson's Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Kestrel 1

rail sp. 1 (heard only)

American Coot X

Killdeer X

Mourning Dove X

Black-chinned Hummingbird 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1

Western Wood-Pewee 1

Willow Flycatcher 1

Say's Phoebe X

Cassin's Kingbird 2

Western Kingbird X

Eastern Kingbird X

Warbling Vireo 2

Black-billed Magpie 1

Horned Lark X

Cliff Swallow X

Barn Swallow X

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Bewick's Wren 1

American Robin X

Northern Mockingbird X

European Starling X

Yellow Warbler X

Common Yellowthroat X

Yellow-breasted Chat X

Lark Sparrow X

Blue Grosbeak X

Red-winged Blackbird X

Western Meadowlark X

Yellow-headed Blackbird X

Common Grackle X

Great-tailed Grackle X

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

Orchard Oriole 1

Bullock's Oriole X

House Finch X

American Goldfinch X

May 23, 4th Saturday Birdwalk, The Nature and Raptor Center, Pueblo

Harry and Pat Rurup, leaders, Cliff Smith and Peggy Noonan.

Birds we saw:

Cliff Swallows

Barn Swallows

Tree Swallows

Violet Green Swallows

Canyon Towhee

Rock Wren

House Wren

Western Wood Peewee

Bullock Oriole on Nest, with male nearby

Yellow Warbler

Double-Crested Cormorant


Eastern Kingbird

Western Kingbird


Red-tailed Hawk

Black-chinned Hummingbird


Red-winged Blackbird

Northern Flicker

Additional species seen on scouting walks Thrusday and Friday - a pair of Blackburnian Warblers, Downy Woodpecker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Hawk, Eared Grebes, Northern Shoveler, Wood Ducks