Friday, April 3, 2015

Rare Red-necked Phalarope in Canon City

I stopped by the Canon City Valco Ponds which were teaming with migrating Franklin's Gulls fishing and calling. I spotted a first of the year Yellow-rumped Warbler working a Russian Olive-we usually have these overwinter but it was unusually cold at times haven't heard of anyone spotting any for a few months. I also heard a Black Phoebe calling from some vegetated area along a bar ditch just a little north of the parking lot-they are starting to move through here, find mates and then nesting spots.
As I looked at the action from my car in the parking lot (fyi, this is private property so going behind the area where there is a gate is trespassing and the owner is angry about trespassing birders) I spotted this is rare species in southern Colorado and very rare in my county. I have never seen one here and none are listed in ebird. Unfortunately I watched it fly off going out of sight along the Arkansas River before I left. SeEtta