I got to take my long-awaited 'field' trip to Pagosa Springs, Co. this month- (9/8 to 9/18). There are several lakes in the area the locals call reservoirs, rivers, 'Forest access roads', the Navajo St. Pk. which has several parcels of land to visit and just the good 'ol slam- on- those- brakes,- baby -and- pull- over spots! In addition to birds I saw foxes, Red Squirrels, Abert's squirrels, Ground squirrels commonly called 'chipmunks', deer ( some 10 point bucks ), and snakes... Anyway, what a great trip, beautiful scenery and ,of course, BIRDS! Here's my list!

Northern Mallard
Mexican Mallard
American Widgeon
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan- a released pair started nesting at Vista Lake and the kids migrated, returned, nested, their kids nested,etc. So they have an established wild flock.
Blue-winged teal
Green-winged teal
N. Shoveler
Ring-necked duck
Lesser scaup
Common Merganser- 20 swam past my room off Pagosa Springs Lake every morning
Ruddy duck
Am. Coot
W. Grebe
Eared Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Great blue heron
Great egret
Black-crowned night heron
Green heron
White-faced ibis
Turkey vulture
Black vulture
N. Harrier
N. Goshawk
Prairie falcon
Redtail hawk
Swainson's hawk
Ferruginous hawk
Golden eagle- a pr. of 2nd year
Bald eagle
Am. Kestrel
Wild turkey
N. Bobwhite quail
Spotted sandpiper
Common sandpiper
Rock pidgeon
Eurasian-collared dove
Mourning dove
White-winged dove
Greater roadrunner
Great-horned owl
Commo0n nighthawk
White-throated swift
Tree swallow
Barn swallow
Violet-green swallow
Northern rough-winged swallow
Cliff Swallow
Bank swallow
Cave swallow
Broad-tailed hummie
Rufous Hummie
Belted kingfisher
Lewis Woodp
Hairy Woodp
Downey Woodp
Red-naped sapsucker
Ladderback woodp
N. flicker- yellow shafted
Merlin-prairie (oops- forgot you, buddy...)
Olive-sided flyc
Gray flyc
Scissor-tailed flyc
E Phoebe
Say's phoebe
E Kingbird
W kingbird
Plumbeous vireo
Stellar's Jay ( Int. west)
Woodhouse's scrub jay
Pinyon JAy
Clark's nutcracker FINALLY! my 3rd try...
Black-billed magpie
Common raven
Am. crow
Mt. Chickadee
Black-capped chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Juniper titmouse
Black-crested titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch ( Int. West)
Pigmy nuthatch- NOTHING cuter
Carolina wren
Canyon wren
Bewiwck's wre4n
House wren
Rock wren
Blue-gray gnatcatcher- western
Ruby-crowned kinglet

Townsend's solitaire
Mt. bluebird and 'gray' Mt B.
Western bluebird
Hermit thrush
Am R
N mockingbird
Gray catbird
Sage thrasher
European starling
Cedar waxwing
Orange-crowned warbler
Virginia's warbler
Yellow warbler
Wilson's warbler- Int. west
Yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's all over the place there. 'Myrtle's are rare)
Green-tailed towhee
Spotted towhee
Canyon towhee
Rufous-crowned sparrow
Song sp
Field sp
Brewer's sp
Chipping sp
Savannah sp
Vesper sp
Lincoln sp
White-crowned sp
Lark sp
House sp
Dark-eyed junco- gray headed
N cardinal
Black-headed grosbeak and Pine grosbeak
Lazuli bunting
Brewer's blackbird
Brown-headed cowbird
Great-tailed grackle
Common grackle
Red-winged blackbird
Yellow-headed blackbird
W. meadowlark
E meadowlark
House finch
Pine siskin
Lesser goldfinch

Almost got caught in a 'Out-of-controlled 'burn- THERE WAS NO SIGN!!! But retreated as soon as the firetruck went roaring by with 5 guys yelling "GET OUT!" O.K. O.K.!
Soaked my paws in so many beautiful mountain streams while I ate lunch or a snack or another snack. Stopped to watch all the beautiful sunsets and then tried to drive home in a downpour in the dark, BUT! the lightning helped light the way...
All in all a GREAT trip!