Denver, Colorado area 
Aug 9-10, 2001
Stormy, cold front, 40-72 

An afternoon up to Mt. Evans and a few hours at Chatfield State Park!  This second page has pictures from Chatfield State Park.
65 species total

Click on the thumbnail pictures for full-sized ones.

Thursday afternoon the weather cleared some, and the rain quit.  It was overcast and in the upper 60s when I headed south to Chatfield State Park to see what kind of shorebirds I could locate.  Flocks of Canada Geese and  Black-billed Magpies were feeding at the beach, and I got a fleeting glimpse of an Indigo Bunting next to shore.
Canada Geese

Gravel-pit Pond
The only gulls I could find at the spillway were California and Ring-billed--where are the Franklin's?  So I continued on around the lake to the gravel pit ponds.  Blue Grosbeak and American Goldfinches were two of the nice species there.
At the Heron Rookery overlook were a number of fine birds:  White Pelican, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, and Yellow Warbler.  While there, a fellow birder let me know about a Piping Plover!!! at the Plum River delta, so of course I headed directly there.  

Heron Pond

Platte River Delta - Chatfield Reservoir

A pair of birders from Scottsdale was just leaving the area as I arrived, and they told me where to look for it.  Walking down the trail, I met one more couple who said the plover was now flying around quite a bit.  A minute later I was at the location, with only a small creek between me and the bird.

Plum River delta

Unfortunately all I had was my 8x30 binos, and the shorebirds were quite a ways off.  I could barely make out Baird's, Least, and Spotted Sandpipers, but I couldn't turn any of them into a Piping Plover.  So after a bit of pacing, I took off one shoe and sock, and hopped across (until I sunk down about a foot and a half into the mud, that is...).  But it paid off, and I got fine looks at the plover at the delta!

Black-billed Magpie


A little farther down the delta I found Western Pewee, more House Wrens, and Song Sparrows.  As it started to get dark I headed back around the lake and found my last new bird for the trip, a Lark Sparrow.  


# Species Name
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Western Grebe
3 White Pelican
4 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Black-crowned Night Heron
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Common Merganser
8 Mallard
9 Canada Goose
10 Piping Plover
11 Killdeer
12 Baird's Sandpiper
13 Least Sandpiper
14 Spotted Sandpiper
15 Ring-billed Gull
16 California Gull
17 Bald Eagle
18 Mourning Dove
19 Rock Dove
20 Calliope Hummingbird
21 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
22 Rufous Hummingbird
23 Belted Kingfisher
24 Downy Woodpecker
25 Northern Flicker
26 Red-naped Sapsucker
27 Eastern Kingbird
28 Eastern Phoebe
29 W. Wood Pewee
30 Western Kingbird
31 Violet-green Swallow
32 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
# Species Name
33 Clark's Nutcracker
34 Black-billed Magpie
35 Blue Jay
36 Gray Jay
37 Common Raven
38 Stellar's Jay
39 Mountain Chickadee
40 Black-capped Chickadee
41 Brown Creeper
42 White-breasted Nuthatch
43 Red-breasted Nuthatch
44 House Wren
45 American Robin
46 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
47 American Pipit
48 Yellow Warbler
49 Common Yellowthroat
50 Yellow-rumped Warbler
51 Red-winged Blackbird
52 Fox Sparrow
53 White-crowned Sparrow
54 Lark Sparrow
55 Dark-eyed Junco
56 Chipping Sparrow
57 Spotted Towhee
58 Song Sparrow
59 Indigo Bunting
60 Blue Grosbeak
61 Pine Siskin
62 American Goldfinch
63 Evening Grosbeak
64 House Finch
65 Lesser Goldfinch


Photos Henry D. Detwiler