May 13, 2013 Bird Walk to Chatauqua Park and Gregory Canyon with Jack Strobel

May 18, 2023

Thank you to everyone who came to our trip on May 13th at Chautauqua Park! It was not the planned location, as we could not get to the Meyer’s Gulch Trail. Unfortunately, there was an accident on the mountain leading to the trail head and the rangers were asked to close the roads and even some of the hiking paths up the mountain. Thank you for everyone’s patience as we adjusted on the fly that morning. Luckily, the park was just down the road from where we were originally going to go.

Gray Catbird. Photo by Jamie Simo.

Overall, I think the trip ended up being great! We had a total of 34 species seen and heard. I loved seeing some of my favorites return like the swallows and warblers. It is a shame we didn’t see the MacGillivray’s warbler. It eluded our gaze in the trees! However, we did hear 4 separate individuals which is still a lovely day. The star of the show was the Grey Catbird. It was singing some strange songs and making a lot of weird noises. It even fooled me into thinking it was a Yellow-breasted Chat at first!

We walked just over 2 miles with a good hike there at the end for those who stayed. We certainly got our workout in for the day! The morning was lovely and sunny as well with clouds just starting to roll in as we took off.

Male Black-headed Grosbeak. Photo by Jamie Simo.

I hope to make it back out to Meyer’s Gulch trail at some point here soon. Our trip turned out well, but I am still itching to get to Meyer’s Gulch. Keep an eye out! Maybe sometime soon we will have a trip available once again at the Gulch.

For those who joined the trip, thank you once again. For those of you we missed, we hope to see you next time.

Thank you again!

Jack Strobel

Gregory Canyon, Boulder, Colorado, US

34 species

Mallard  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2

Mourning Dove  3

Broad-tailed Hummingbird  16

Turkey Vulture  6

Downy Woodpecker  1

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  10

Cordilleran Flycatcher  2

Say’s Phoebe  1

Steller’s Jay  2

Blue Jay  5

Black-billed Magpie  21

American Crow  5

Black-capped Chickadee  4

Tree Swallow  3

Violet-green Swallow  3

Cliff Swallow  1

Bushtit  4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

House Wren  2

European Starling  4

Gray Catbird  1

American Robin  15

American Goldfinch  1

Dark-eyed Junco  1

Spotted Towhee  29

Common Grackle  7

MacGillivray’s Warbler  4

Yellow Warbler  6

Yellow-rumped Warbler  0

Wilson’s Warbler  1

Black-headed Grosbeak  1


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