Guided Birding Hikes
Spring Migration/Birding by Ear 2021
Greetings All !
Nothing in the birding world can match the intensity of spring migration! The urgency of birds pushing north, staking territories and finding mates is the starting gun of a race to raise this year's youngsters.
As vaccines roll out, I’m hoping 2021 will allow more people to feel comfortable getting out and about. One sign of hope is the return of the Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival, where I will be both a participant as well as a trip leader: https://pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org/ . March 27th registration should go live. (Unfortunately, the Colorado Field Ornithologist’s annual convention, originally slated to take place this Spring in Pueblo, CO has been cancelled. There is the possibility of it being re-scheduled for the Fall of 2021).
I’ve gotten permission to once again lead guided birding hikes at Venetucci Farm for 2021! I’m also continuing to explore new locations to visit and continuing to offer some sponsored guided birding hikes by partnering with local birder and store owner Michael Rogers of Songbird & the Orchid and the park managers at Cross Creek Park. That means outings that are free to participants! In addition to Venetucci Farm and Cross Creek Park, I’m planning on outings at Bear Creek Park, Mule Creek, Manitou Lake and Prospect Lake as well as other possibilities.
Pre-registration is required for all events as group size will be limited to 10.
To keep everyone safe we will be limiting the number of participants to 10. This also creates a better birding experience.
Sorry, but there will be no books or binoculars available to be loaned out, nor can I pass around my ipad to show various bird field marks
Physical distancing of 6 feet and wearing of masks will also be required.
Spring Migration Outings 2021
ON WAITLIST: May 1st: Guided Birding Hike @ Venetucci Farm/Cross Creek Park-Combo, $15/participant. 7:00am-11:00am. Nestled along Fountain Creek with a variety of habitats, Venetucci is still one of the best bird migration spots in the area, with a total of 161 total bird species observed! Cross Creek Park continues to amaze with 169 species and counting. Maybe the "hottest" birding sight in the county as it really has only been discovered by local birders in the last two years!
May 10th: Private guided outing for Friends of Monument Valley Park.
May 14th – 16th: 2021 PIKES PEAK BIRDING AND NATURE FESTIVAL
May 23rd: Guided Birding Hike @ Cross Creek Park; Free, sponsored by park, 7:00am-8:30am. This little park continues to amaze with 169 species and counting. Maybe the "hottest" birding sight in the county as it really has only been discovered by local birders in the last two years!
Birding by Ear 2021
As May ends and June begins, spring migration is winding down and now the focus for songbirds turns to setting up territories, finding mates and singing, lots of singing! This relatively brief period from early June to mid July is the peak of songbirds’ singing in Colorado with the earlier parts of the season being especially intense.
May 29th: Guided Birding Hike @ Mule Creek trail, Teller County, 7:00am-9:30am. I stumbled upon this Montane Gem last year! It is a steep sided canyon with Mule Creek running through it and a great diversity of birds. Last year’s highlights included Olive-sided Flycatcher singing, Red-naped Sapsucker, Clark’s Nutcracker & Red Crossbill!
May 30: Guided Birding Hike @ Cross Creek Park, Free, sponsored by the park, 7:00am-8:30am. Really cool to listen for Sora's and Virginia Rails while hearing Western Meadowlarks and Killdeer!
June 5th: Guided Birding Hike at Venetucci Farm, 7:00am-9:30am. This is still for me my favorite place to hear birds singing in Colorado! Early in the nesting season, the singing is loudest and most frequent, a great opportunity to brush up on bird songs.
June 12th: Guided Birding Hike at Mule Creek Trail, Teller County, 7:00am-9:30am. I stumbled upon this Montane Gem last year! It is a steep sided canyon with Mule Creek running through it and a great diversity of birds. Last year’s highlights included Olive-sided Flycatcher singing, Red-naped Sapsucker, Clark’s Nutcracker & Red Crossbill!
June 13th: Guided Birding Hike at Cross Creek Park; 7:00am-8:30am; free, sponsored by the park. Really cool to listen for Sora's and Virginia Rails while hearing Western Meadowlarks and Killdeer!
June 26th: Guided Birding Hike at Venetucci Farm, 7:00am-9:30am . This is still for me my favorite place to hear birds singing in Colorado! Early in the nesting season, the singing is loudest and most frequent, a great opportunity to brush up on bird songs.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY JULY. HAVE BINOCULARS WILL TRAVEL IS ON VACATION TO DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT AND TO POINTS BEYOND TO THE NORTHWEST!
BACK IN AUGUST: STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES
To Register: Please email David Rudin: , and provide date, number of participants and names. Please note my only compensation is participant fees (sponsored outings being the exception). Payment will be due the morning of the event payable by check made out to David Rudin or Cash (Exact Change please). Hikes will go rain or shine.
Cost: $12/adult, $10/college student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free), unless noted otherwise.
For Questions: Email: David Rudin, , or call 719-648-9324. PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION WILL BE THROUGH SONGBIRD AND THE ORCHID FOR ALL OF THEIR SPONSORED OUTINGS: 719-475-1700. Songbird & the Orchid is a unique shop in Old Colorado City specializing in backyard birding, Island Orchids, and nature inspired gifts. Learn more about them at:
Special Notes: Please bring binoculars and bird identification books. The walking will be moderate, unless otherwise noted, but please plan on trail hiking. Wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants and using bug spray is recommended to keep biting flies at bay during warm weather.