In the Neighborhood 4/26-5/2

On Saturday, when I was at Clear Spring Ranch, somebody found a Black Phoebe at Stone Falls Park. It was seen again on Sunday when I was down at Holbrook Reservoir. I finally wandered down on Monday after work and found it without much difficulty.

On my walk back home, I saw that the Cliff Swallows were back at the pond on Black Squirrel Creek. I got a shot of one on a mud nest, but for some reason, there were none to be seen on Tuesday evening.

What was there on Tuesday was a Least Sandpiper. I first saw one here 11 days earlier. They’re tiny and hard to spot. I worked my way around to the other side to get better photos with the sun behind me.

I spotted a Solitary Sandpiper near by.

I walked down to Monument Branch on Wednesday evening. There weren’t a lot of birds around, but I saw four warblers (including a very unexpected MacGillivray’s). The only worthwhile photos I got were of two Northern Rough-winged Swallows which posed cooperatively by facing in opposite directions.

And that’s about it for this week. On Saturday, I drove down to Cañon City and birded along the river walk.

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