01 May 2009

Gray May Day

It has finally arrived! May - the month when the orioles arrive en force in western Colorado, the month when warblers begin to set up territories, and when all migrants have a possibility to show! Today, though, I went up to the Colorado National Monument briefly to see what was out and about. Upon arriving, House Finches were singing everywhere. An Ash-throated Flycatcher called from the hillside, a Black-chinned Hummingbird defended his flowerpatch, and a distant Black-throated Gray Warbler sang a single 'zee-chick.' As I walked up the trail, I managed to hear a Rock Wren up the slope, and the House Finches and Black-chinned Hummers continued to fly around and be extremely vocal. That was when I spotted my third vireo of the year - a lone male Gray Vireo that was sporadically singing and swooping between the Single-leaf Ash and Utah Juniper. Further up the trail, an Ash-throated Flycatcher drifted by, and a calling Gray Flycatched wagged its tail in a nearby juniper tree. Overall, it was a good day in the PJ Woodland. You can never go wrong by birding the desert.

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