The ABA invites you to the Great Boulder Caper
by Nate Swick
Those lucky birders in the ABA's backyard of Colorado's Front Range can participate in a joint event betwen the Denver Field Ornithologists and the ABA.
Come caper with us again! The first Great Boulder Caper, held Nov. 27th of last year, was great fun. Trip report here: http://tinyurl.com/6v2spa8
Our second installment of the Great Boulder Caper promises to be just as fun! Join Denver Field Ornithologists and the American Birding Association for this relaxed, whirlwind tour of glorious Boulder County on SUNDAY, JUNE 24th, 2012. Join the group whenever you want to; leave whenever you want to.
We'll have three official meeting times/places, but, again, you can join us whenever.
First meeting time: 3:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location (with Dick Cheney?) in eastern Boulder County. We will look for Barn Owls and fireflies. Call me (303-817-4233) if this option appeals to you. Participants are to supply the leader with 1-lb. bags of orange slices. Instructions here: http://tinyurl.com/bv8hbhf
Second meeting time: North Teller Farms parking lot for a PROMPT 4:59:59 a.m. departure. We'll "walk" north toward Boulder Creek and beyond, looking for such goodies as Orchard Oriole, Least Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole genes, Cassin's Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, Dickcissel, Black-chinned Hummingbird, and more. The pace will be quite brisk, but our spirits will be relaxed.
Third meeting time: Cottonwood Marsh parking lot at Walden Ponds for a way laid-back departure at 8am, 8:15, 8:30, whatever. We'll bring out the beer and chips, I mean tofu and sprouts, by this time; the orange slices will be long gone. We'll look for Green Herons, Eastern Warbling-Vireos, Indian Peafowl, and who-knows-what-else; Walden always has a surprise!
Then we'll head west-northwest-ish, toward the foothills, for Red-eyed Vireos, American Redstarts, and the like. If the Spirit moves us, we'll wind up the day with nightjars and small owls in the foothills. Given the outing's start time, however, the Spirit may have moved us to bed by that time.
No matter what, we'll have a marvelous time. Please join us, and please call me or e-mail me (e-mail preferred) with any questions. The Great Boulder Caper is eminently suitable for beginners, children, and non-birding companions; it is not appropriate for whiners or uptight people. More info at the DFO website: http://tinyurl.com/7k6bm57
Come join us!