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Guided Birding Hikes: Fall Ducks 2019



     Fall migration is always bittersweet as we enjoy the variety of fall migrants but we also say goodbye to many birds that have been visiting us all summer. Their singing, nesting and raising of the next generation add a depth to our lives that we miss as the days draw shorter and the nights longer.

     One of my birding milestones was when I realized that while yes lots of birds leave in the Fall, we also get some new arrivals! For me, the most exciting and colorful of these visitors are the fall ducks! With names like Redhead, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Ringed-Neck, Goldeneye, Ruddy and the list goes on, they add a splash of color and drama to our fall and winter birding. In addition, our region is treated to a few other avian visitors: Rough-legged Hawk, American Tree Sparrow, a variety of always challenging gulls and very occasionally some even more rare visitors.

    Pre-registration is required for all events as group size will be limited to 15.

When: Saturdays @ Cross Creek Park and Prospect Lake. Check out dates for time and location. 

  • October 19, 8:00am-10:00am, Fall Ducks Guided Birding Hike at Cross Creek Park. FREE, sponsored by the park!

  • October 26, 8:00am-10:00am, Fall Ducks Guided Birding Hike at Prospect Lake. See below for fees.

  • November 9, 8:00am-10:00am, Fall Ducks Guided Birding Hike at Prospect Lake, FREE-sponsored by Songbird Supplies!

  • November 16, 8:00am-10:00am, Fall Ducks Guided Birding Hike at Cross Creek Park, FREE, sponsored by the park!

  • Stay tuned for possible early December outing, weather dependent!

Where:  Cross Creek Park, 8115 Parkglen Dr, Fountain, CO 80817 (Meet at Park Pavilion)

           Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (Parking Lot, northeast side of lake south of Veterans Memorial)

Cost: Several outings are FREE. For those with fees, they are as follows: $12/adult, $10/student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free). Please make checks out to David Rudin. Payment is due on the day of the outing. 

To Register:  Please email David Rudin, dbrudin@yahoo.com and let me know the names and dates of those outings you want to attend. 
Please note the hikes will go rain or shine 

For Questions: Email: David Rudin, dbrudin@yahoo.com  or call 719-648-9324

Special Notes: Please bring binoculars. I have a few pairs of loaner binoculars as well. The walking will be moderate but please plan on trail hiking.

**Directions to Cross Creek Park (8115 Parkglen Dr, Fountain, CO 80817) From I-25 take the 132-A  Exit, Mesa Ridge Parkway (Hwy 16). Stay on Mesa Ridge for about 2.5 miles heading east. Make a right on Sneffels Street, then a quick right on Cross Creek and a quick left onto Parkglen Drive. Meet at the Pavilion.


**Directions to Prospect Lake (Colorado Springs, CO 80910) From Downtown Colorado Springs head east on Pikes Peak Avenue, turn right (south) onto S. Union Blvd. Make a right onto Memorial Drive, go past the Veterans Memorial which ends in the parking lot closest to the northeast side of the lake where we'll meet.