Guided Birding Hikes

Spring Migration & Birding by Ear 2022

 

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. 

 

Scheduled highlights include the 7th Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival, where I will be both a participant as well as a trip leader: https://pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org/ . I am also leading an outing for the Colorado Field Ornithologist’s Annual Convention, originally slated to take place in the Spring of 2020 in Pueblo, CO, is finally happening this year, May 19-22:  https://cobirds.org/events/2022-annual-convention/

Also, I’ve gotten permission to once again lead guided birding hikes at Venetucci Farm for 2022! As always, I continue to explore new locations to visit as well.

 

Due to demand from previous outings, I am offering two outings to Venetucci and Cross Creek combined. 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 (Fall) as well as other possibilities.


Pre-registration is required for all events as group size will be limited to 12.

Spring Migration Outings 2022

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April 30th: 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 162 total bird species observed! Cross Creek Park continues to amaze with 177 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 3rd: Private guided outing at Venetucci Farm

 

May 7th: Private Guided Birding Hike for Songbird and the Orchid @ Bear Creek Park, 7:00am-9:30am, for a celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.

 

May 10th: Private guided outing for Friends of Monument Valley Park.

May 13th – 15th: 2022 PIKES PEAK BIRDING AND NATURE FESTIVAL

https://pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org/

 

May 19th-22nd: 2022 Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention

 https://cobirds.org/events/2022-annual-convention/

 

​ ​Birding by Ear 2022

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 28th: Guided Birding Hike @ Mule Creek trail, Teller County, $15/participant, 7:00am-9:30am. I stumbled upon this Montane Gem a few years ago! It is a steep sided canyon with Mule Creek running through it and a great diversity of birds. Previous years’ highlights included Olive-sided Flycatcher singing, Red-naped Sapsucker, Clark’s Nutcracker, Western Tanager & Red Crossbill!

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June 4th:  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 162 total bird species observed! Cross Creek Park continues to amaze with 177 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!

Venetucci 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 11th: ​ Guided Birding Hike@ Manitou Lake, 7:00am-9:30am, $12 per participant plus $7 per vehicle charged by the park.  Manitou Lake is an ebird Hotspot, with an amazing 237 bird species recorded. Mixing water birds, wetlands and pine forests at elevation creates lots of possibilities and unexpected combinations! How about White Pelicans flying overhead in front of Red Crossbills!?!

 

June 18th: 1st ever Bug Bioblitz at Cross Creek Park, 10:00am-2:00pm! This is a FREE event where people volunteer to help us catalog the amazing arthropod life at Cross Creek Park. If you have an iNaturalist account you can help us document, otherwise there will be equipment available, sweep and aquatic nets, containers etc… to capture, ID, document and then release! Contact me if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

 

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY JULY. HAVE BINOCULARS WILL TRAVEL IS ON VACATION!!

BACK IN AUGUST: STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES

To Register: Please email David Rudin: dbrudin@yahoo.com, and provide date, number of participants and names. 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.

Note: I will send out outing details and directions the week before each outing.

 

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

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

 

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.