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Raptor Alley Trip W/CSU Ornithology [Nunn, Weld]

Hi all

I led an enthusiastic group of birds from CSU Ornithology Club (21 students)--always a fun group to be with.  The day was "ominous" though for raptoring ... 30-35mph winds!  Despite winds group got to see assorted species and some great views of raptors.

The morning started out great my Prairie Falcon "plant" was awaiting the group across from Nunn Cafe as well as my "second plant" bird our local Great Horned Owl in his usual location across from my house.  Both excited the group greatly.  They day ended with another Great Horned Owl bookend--even closer than one at beginning of trip.

Photos:  http://coloradobirder.club/m/photos/browse/album/Raptor-Alley-January-29-2017/

Overall, it was "tough-sledding" with following results:

Total raptors:  12

  • Great Horned Owl - 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk - 3
  • Rough-legged Hawk - 1
  • Ferruginous Hawk - 2
  • Prairie Falcon - 1
  • Northern Harrier - 1
  • American Kestrel - 2

Other:

  • Common Raven - 3
  • Pronghorn - 14+
  • CSU Ornithology Club documented other bird species as well

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

http://coloradobirder.club/