Guided Birding Hikes: Fall Migration 2020



Greetings All  

Bird populations explode over summer as fledgling birds leave their nests. They typically look very different from the adults and are often still begging to be fed so the energy can be intense as migratory birds rush to complete the nesting process by preparing their offspring.

Birds are already on the move in August and by September migration is in full swing. Migration in the fall is more spread out than spring migration, with surprises possible around every corner. To add to the fun, molting adults and juveniles with funky plumages make identification an extra challenge.  As we always say, “Any bird is possible during migration!”

Covid-19 Protocols

  • 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.

Fall Migration Outings

  • Saturday, August 15, 7:00am-9:30am, Fledgling Guided Birding Hike@ Venetucci Farm

  • Saturday, August 29, 7:00am-9:30am, Manitou Lake

  • Saturday Oct 3, 8:00am-10:30am, Manitou Lake

  • Saturday Oct 10, 8:00am-10:30am, Fountain Creek Park

  • Saturday Oct 17, 8:00am-9:30am, Cross Creek Park, Free: Sponsored by the park

  • Saturday Dec 5, 8:00am-10:30am, Prospect Lake



*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: PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION WILL BE THROUGH THE STORE FOR ALL SONGBIRD AND THE ORCHID SPONSORED OUTINGS: 719-475-1700.


Cost: $12/adult, $10/college student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free), unless noted otherwise. 

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.


To Register:  Email: David Rudin,,  or call 719-648-9324. To learn more about Birding Programs at the Venetucci Farm please visit: .  PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION WILL BE THROUGH SONGBIRD AND THE ORCHID FOR ALL OF THEIR SPONSORED OUTINGS: 719-475-1700.

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.

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