Phil and I were out birding yesterday and couldn’t identify this particular bird. We bumped in to Gary who knows his birds very well. We all went down to the mud flats but could not find the bird that we had seen before. As we were looking out into the flats, we saw 2 other birds with very long bills digging among the rocks and mud. Gary called his fellow-birders, Scott and Susan and told them to come by. We all got our our books and tried to identify these birds. All agreed that one was a Short-billed Dowitcher which has only been seen at Lake Estes one time before and the other was the Long-billed Dowitcher. What a find! As we were leaving, Scott called out, “Don’t forget to put that on your “life list” of birds!
It was a great day for birding! Some of the birds that we saw were the Sora, Green-tailed Towhee, American pipit, Sandpipers, Kildeer, Great Blue Heron, 2 Juvenile Bald Eagles, Goldfinch, Audubon Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Western and Mountain Bluebirds and more. It was fun to see several birds that we had never seen before!
Lake Estes is a great place to go birding in the spring here in Estes Park. Many migrating birds stop at Lake Estes as they migrate north. If you catch it right, you can see some very rare birds!