We live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and thus we generally run among western birds. This spring and summer, we have about three weeks of work for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. From June 2-9, we did our initial survey and this put us in the company of not only some of our everyday bird species, but also some birds considered to be eastern, as well as the expected Great Plains specialties. Our atlas blocks are far enough from home that we live on the road (eat, sleep, work/observe birds, and of course, run).
Running Wheat Fields
We ran most days and this took us through several habitats - wheat fields, short grass prairie, tall grass prairie, sand hills, and riparian. We imagined we'd be running on pancake flat terrain, but that was hardly the case.
Western Kingbird - Joel Such
Eastern Kingbird - Marcel Such
Orchard Oriole - Joel Such
Western Meadowlark with Nesting Material
by Marcel Such
Ring-Necked Pheasant - Marcel Such
Grasshopper Sparrow - Marcel Such
Common Nighthawk - Joel Such
New SWSA Birds: