Sunday, April 23, 2017

White-faced Ibis, yearly spring migrants, have arrived

Every spring flocks of White-faced Ibis stop-over in eastern Fremont County to feed and rest before continuing to their nesting areas. They feed in the flooded agricultural fields in both Florence and Canon City.
 The First Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas showed that they used to nest in far eastern Fremont County likely where the current Holcim Wetlands (which were rebuilt after use as a rock quarry) are located. SeEtta


Snowy Egret migrating through

I let my dog Chase out of the car and then realized there was this Snowy Egret less than 50 feet away.  This is likely one of the two Snowy Egrets I had spotted flying earlier in the area. As my area of Colorado is semi arid we have few water bodies or wetlands so we don't see many egrets.  Though Snowy Egrets nest in a few isolated areas in 2 adjacent counties they have not been found nesting in Fremont County.