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14 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Any target birds?

Yeah, I know some of these are gonna be really tough, but...

Dusky Grouse

Flammulated Owl

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Williamson's and/or Red-naped Sapsuckers

Clark's Nutcracker

Canada Jay

Mountain/Western Bluebirds

Townsend's Solitaire

American Dipper

Bushtit

Whatever Western Warblers (MacGillivray's, Townsend's, Virginia's, etc.)

Red Crossbill

Cassin's Finch

 

These are the big ones.

 

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Dusky Grouse -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains.

Flammulated Owl -- Manitou Experimental Forest

American Three-toed Woodpecker -- Mueller SP

Williamson's Sapsucker -- Mueller SP

Red-naped Sapsucker -- Manitou Lake

Clark's Nutcracker -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains. Mueller SP.

Canada Jay -- Rainbow Gulch TrailPikes Peak--Glen Cove

Mountain Bluebird -- anywhere

Western Bluebird -- anywhere

Townsend's Solitaire -- Garden of the Gods

American Dipper -- Seven Falls & South Cheyenne CanyonFountain Creek Regional Park

Bushtit -- Anywhere away from the mountains.

Red Crossbill -- Manitou Lake

Cassin's Finch -- Red Rock Canyon Open Space

MacGillivray's Warbler -- Green Mountain Falls (town)

Townsend's Warbler -- Fountain Creek Regional Park

Virginia's Warbler -- Red Rock Canyon Open Space

https://www.visitcos.com/blog/pikes-peak-birding-trail/

https://www.aikenaudubon.com/birding/local-birding/

Good Luck!

 

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53 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

 

3 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Dusky Grouse -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains.

Flammulated Owl -- Manitou Experimental Forest

American Three-toed Woodpecker -- Mueller SP

Williamson's Sapsucker -- Mueller SP

Red-naped Sapsucker -- Manitou Lake

Clark's Nutcracker -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains. Mueller SP.

Canada Jay -- Rainbow Gulch TrailPikes Peak--Glen Cove

Mountain Bluebird -- anywhere

Western Bluebird -- anywhere

Townsend's Solitaire -- Garden of the Gods

American Dipper -- Seven Falls & South Cheyenne CanyonFountain Creek Regional Park

Bushtit -- Anywhere away from the mountains.

Red Crossbill -- Manitou Lake

Cassin's Finch -- Red Rock Canyon Open Space

MacGillivray's Warbler -- Green Mountain Falls (town)

Townsend's Warbler -- Fountain Creek Regional Park

Virginia's Warbler -- Red Rock Canyon Open Space

https://www.visitcos.com/blog/pikes-peak-birding-trail/

https://www.aikenaudubon.com/birding/local-birding/

Good Luck!

 

Wow, thanks man!

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34 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Dusky Grouse -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains.

But not at all easy to find; they're silent, juvs are independent, males are walking uphill to spend the winter near treeline

35 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Flammulated Owl -- Manitou Experimental Forest

They're heading S for the winter, essentially silent, not at all easy to find

36 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Williamson's Sapsucker -- Mueller SP

Red-naped Sapsucker -- Manitou Lake

Starting to move S and fairly quiet, but more widespread (probably) than during breeding season; Red-napeds, in particular, more likely to be found on plains as migrants

37 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Clark's Nutcracker -- Anywhere in the adjacent mountains. Mueller SP

Very erratic and sporadic in time and space; generally found in areas with large cone crops, so not particularly reliable in any particular place from year to year

39 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Canada Jay

Spruce-Fir and Lodgepole Pine habitats, particularly the former (hint: learn your native tree species, of which Colorado is fairly depauperate)

41 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Mountain Bluebird -- anywhere

Western Bluebird -- anywhere

Not on the plains, except in close proximity to foothills for Western, and Mountains are not yet moving in force, so are fairly rare on the plains then, too

42 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Red Crossbill -- Manitou Lake

Cassin's Finch -- Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Erratic in time and space; note the temporal occurrence pattern (and lack of Sept occurrence) of CAFI at Red Rock;

Red Crossbill at Manitou Lake: All time  2020  2019

49 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

MacGillivray's Warbler -- Green Mountain Falls (town)

They're migrating and can be run across nearly anywhere: MGWA in Sep in El Paso Co.

51 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

Townsend's Warbler -- Fountain Creek Regional Park

Ditto above: TOWA in Sep in El Paso Co.

Good luck

 

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1 minute ago, Tony Leukering said:

But not at all easy to find; they're silent, juvs are independent, males are walking uphill to spend the winter near treeline

They're heading S for the winter, essentially silent, not at all easy to find

Starting to move S and fairly quiet, but more widespread (probably) than during breeding season; Red-napeds, in particular, more likely to be found on plains as migrants

Very erratic and sporadic in time and space; generally found in areas with large cone crops, so not particularly reliable in any particular place from year to year

Spruce-Fir and Lodgepole Pine habitats, particularly the former (hint: learn your native tree species, of which Colorado is fairly depauperate)

Not on the plains, except in close proximity to foothills for Western, and Mountains are not yet moving in force, so are fairly rare on the plains then, too

Erratic in time and space; note the temporal occurrence pattern (and lack of Sept occurrence) of CAFI at Red Rock;

Red Crossbill at Manitou Lake: All time  2020  2019

They're migrating and can be run across nearly anywhere: MGWA in Sep in El Paso Co.

Ditto above: TOWA in Sep in El Paso Co.

Good luck

 

Thank you too. Very helpful.

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2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

But not at all easy to find; they're silent, juvs are independent, males are walking uphill to spend the winter near treeline

 

2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

They're heading S for the winter, essentially silent, not at all easy to find

 

2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Very erratic and sporadic in time and space; generally found in areas with large cone crops, so not particularly reliable in any particular place from year to year

 

3 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Erratic in time and space; note the temporal occurrence pattern (and lack of Sept occurrence) of CAFI at Red Rock;

 

 

3 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

They're migrating and can be run across nearly anywhere: MGWA in Sep in El Paso Co.

Reflecting my own thoughts...

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1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

Yeah, I know some of these are gonna be really tough, but...

Dusky Grouse

Flammulated Owl

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Williamson's and/or Red-naped Sapsuckers

Clark's Nutcracker

Canada Jay

Mountain/Western Bluebirds

Townsend's Solitaire

American Dipper

Bushtit

Whatever Western Warblers (MacGillivray's, Townsend's, Virginia's, etc.)

Red Crossbill

Cassin's Finch

 

These are the big ones.

 

Red crossbill is on my winter target list as well.

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24 minutes ago, BlueJay said:

You know it's a good bird when you've never even heard of it.😜

Yeah, but I guess it’s not gonna happen. Like TL said, they’re not really calling that time of year, so unless I get SUPER lucky, I’m not going to find one. 😕

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1 minute ago, Seanbirds said:

Yeah, but I guess it’s not gonna happen. Like TL said, they’re not really calling that time of year, so unless I get SUPER lucky, I’m not going to find one. 😕

Doesn't even think about the possibility. Flams are pretty much impossible during migration. 

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5 minutes ago, DLecy said:

Do you need Juniper Titmouse? There are some good areas just south of Colorado Springs. Aiken Canyon Preserve had RECR and CAFI along with JUTI when I was there.

Yeah, that’d be cool. Thanks for reminding me!

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6 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Red-naped Sapsuckers

 

6 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Townsend's Solitaire

these shouldn't be to hard because even I was able to spot these in Colorado Springs😊 I think my family will be in that area in sep. also

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6 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

Garden of the Gods

 

6 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

 

48 minutes ago, DLecy said:

Aiken Canyon Preserve 

Definitely going to these three. What’s the best higher-elevation coniferous forest spot around there?

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23 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Yeah, I know some of these are gonna be really tough, but...

Dusky Grouse

Flammulated Owl

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Williamson's and/or Red-naped Sapsuckers

Clark's Nutcracker

Canada Jay

Mountain/Western Bluebirds

Townsend's Solitaire

American Dipper

Bushtit

Whatever Western Warblers (MacGillivray's, Townsend's, Virginia's, etc.)

Red Crossbill

Cassin's Finch

 

These are the big ones.

 

Wasn't previously aware that the prairie-chickens were renamed as grouse. I have a pretty out-dated field guide.

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