GARNA Birding Club

Mary Cuyler-003There is a saying that to be a really good birder one should try to identify every bird one sees. The GARNA Birding Club organizes many events throughout the year. Some outings are local, regional, and we even take some special trips out of state.

Co-coordinators: Denny Arter and Andrew Mackie.

If you are a GARNA member and would like to be added to the Birding Club list, please contact Denny Arter at 719-539-0787 or Any level of experience is welcome.


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Photo: Sherrie York

July 8, 2017 Birding Club outing to Mt Ouray State Wildlife Area:

Bird species list (23): Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Hawk sp., Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Western Wood-Pewee, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole

June 3, 2017 Birding Club outing to Russell Lakes, San Luis Valley:

Bird species list (46): Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe (family), Western Grebe, White Pelican, American bittern, Cattle Egret (not common at location), Black-crowned Night Heron, White-faced Ibis, Northern Harrier, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed hawk, Sora (heard only), American Coot (family), Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Eurasian Collared dove, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Western Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Red-wing Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow, Western Chorus Frog (heard only)

May 27, 2017 Birding Club outing to Fairview Cemetery, Salida:

Bird species list (39): Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Brown-headed Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Finch, and…Gunnison’s Prairie Dog, Wyoming Ground Squirrel and American Badger

May 21, 2017: Scissor-tailed flycatcher seen on CR 160 across from Mt Ouray SWA staff house.

May 7, 2017 Birding Club outing to McPhelemy Park, Buena Vista:

Bird species list (19): Canada Goose, Mallard, Eurasian Collared Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Dipper, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Evening Grosbeak, Cowbird, House Finch

February 24, 2017 Birding Club Raptor trip to Fisherman’s Bridge, Ruby Mountain and Johnson Village areas:

Bird species list (20): Canada Goose, Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Bald Eagle, Eurasian Collared Dove, Northern Shrike, Western Scrub-Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black-billed Magpie, Pinyon Jay, Common Raven, Horned Lark, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, M, F, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch

Mammals (5): Bighorn Sheep, Coyote, Mule Deer, Prairie Dog, Chipmunk

January 21, 2017 Birding Club outing to Sands Lake:

Species list (19): Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Great-tailed Grackle

Bluebird Monitoring Program

GARNA partners with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to train volunteers on how to monitor nesting boxes on State Wildlife and State Parks land. Bluebirds, swallows and occasionally other species use cavities for nesting. Currently there are over 130 boxes in the county that are monitored regularly during the spring and summer. Volunteers monitor nesting boxes each week on Parks and Wildlife lands to observe and record the bird species nesting, number of eggs laid and how many birds fledge. In the fall, data is recorded on the Cornell University Nestwatch website. We have many volunteers monitoring boxes in the county and always welcome new people who are interested in participating.


GARNA is the Arkansas River Valley’s only local broadly focused conservation and educational institution with non-profit status. GARNA is supported by membership fees…will you join us?

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