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Sunday, June 17, 2007

San Isabel Nat Forest other birds

The area of the San Isabel National Forest where I found the Grace's Warbler is quite birdy. It's only about 6,500 feet in elevation but is usually a little cooler than Canon City and other surrounding lower elevation areas so I enjoy birding there in the summer. I am not identifying the exact location because I don't think it is a good idea to make known on the internet where exactly where to find the Grace's Warbler. It is possible that there is a female on the nest and it would be unethical to put nesting at risk.

The pics here show two of the fledgling Mountain Chickadees that I watched following one their parents as they begged to be fed (wouldn't you know that the really good pic would be the one with its' back to me). Due to the relatively low elevation of this Ponderosa forest, there were also Black-capped Chickadees. Other fledglings included Chipping Sparrows. Chipping Sparrows are quite abundant in this part of the forest. Pygmy Nuthatches foraged in the pines. There were both Plumbeous and Warbling Vireos singing.

In addition to the Grace's Warbler, I also saw Yellow-rumped and Virginia's Warblers. I saw both Downy Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers, and caught a glimpse of a Three-toed Woodpecker. Spotted Towhees sang frequently as they skulted around the scrub oak that predominates the understory. There were also singing Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Buntings, Lesser Goldfinch and Am Robins in the mix. The flycatcher family was represented by Cordilleran Flycatcher and many Western Wood-Pewees (and possibly a Dusky). Broad-tailed Hummingbirds flitted about. And I heard a passing Chihuahuan Raven call one day.

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