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2011 Annual Convention in Grand Junction

held May 20-23

Colorado Field Ornithologists - 2011 Convention Wrap-up

The 2011 annual conference was based out of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's outrageously scenic West Slope country. Our base of operations was the Doubletree Hotel-Grand Junction. This location is perfect for birders, as it puts us within just a few miles of everything from great lowland riparian habitat to rugged mesa country. The keynote speaker at our evening banquet was Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association. Jeff's keynote address, "Ten Birds that Changed Birding" introduced us to ten birds - from the Ross's Gull in Newburyport to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas - that left their mark on field ornithology as sport and science.



As usual, there was an evening bird identification panel. But it was a bit different this year. Instead of the old "Stump the Chumps" program, this year's offering was a group activity. Everybody in attendance will participate in the "2011 Bird ID Team Challenge". If you like pub night-style quizzes, you would have loved this one. Think of it as group therapy for birders. The event provided high hilarity and no small amount of learning.


At our banquet, there were awards, announcements, and a brief members' meeting. Throughout the meeting, vendors were present, birding organizations, optics companies, and so forth. The Saturday afternoon paper session, featured presentations by well-known Colorado field ornithologists. Best of all, there was constant opportunities for interaction with so many members of Colorado's vibrant birding community. And last, but certainly not least...Field Trips. These were the highlights for most attendees, and this year's field trips were brilliant!


2011 Convention Highlights



  • Young Birders' Special. With ABA President Jeff Gordon.

  • Slacker Trip: Bare-naked Birding with Ted Floyd. (Rated R.)

  • Boreal Owls! This was a special opportunity.

  • Shorter Owling Trips. Great owling in and around Grand Junction.

  • Departure Trips. Birding on the way to Grand Junction. Several routes.

  • All-day Trips. We looked for Scott's Oriole, Gray Vireo, and much more.

  • Utah. Building up a Utah state list! Great birding and scenery, including Moab.

  • Local birding in Mesa County. Easy birding, big species lists, migrants galore.

  • Atlasing: Birding with a Purpose. Discussions on breeding bird biology.

Convention Paper Session Schedule - Saturday May 21



  • 2:30 - Nathan Pieplow, "Tone Quality in Bird Sounds"

  • 3:00 - Chuck Hundertmark and Jason Beason, "Population Dynamics of Colonial Waterbirds and Other Special Species of North Park, Colorado: 1998 - 2010"

  • 3:30 - Christian Nunes, "An Overview of the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Avian Monitoring Projects"

  • 4:00 - Christian Nunes, "Geographic Variation and Identification of the Dark-eyed Junco in Colorado"

  • 4:30 - Lynn Wickersham, "Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II - Update"

Convention Bird List


This is a list of species seen by participants in the 2011 Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) convention, held 20–23 May 2011 in Grand Junction. This list consists of three parts. The first part is the main list of expected species (n=180) recorded by CFO convention attendees in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties; the second part is the list of write-ins (n=20), the sundry "good birds" found by the great birders who attended the convention; and the third part is the list of species (n=9) found by folks on the "departure trips," those long birding road trips from Grand Junction back home to Denver or wherever.

CFO thanks all our wonderful field trip leaders and participants for a memorable convention!.

Main list of expected species (n=180) recorded by CFO convention attendees on regularly scheduled field trips in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties.

  1. Canada Goose

  2. Duck

  3. Gadwall

  4. American Wigeon

  5. Mallard

  6. Blue-winged Teal

  7. Cinnamon Teal

  8. Northern Shoveler

  9. Green-winged Teal

  10. Redhead

  11. Ring-necked Duck

  12. Lesser Scaup

  13. Common Merganser

  14. Ruddy Duck

  15. Gambel's Quail

  16. Chukar

  17. Ring-necked Pheasant

  18. Wild Turkey

  19. Pied-billed Grebe

  20. Eared Grebe

  21. Western Grebe

  22. Clark's Grebe

  23. Double-crested Cormorant

  24. American White Pelican

  25. Great Blue Heron

  26. Great Egret

  27. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  28. White-faced Ibis

  29. Turkey Vulture

  30. Osprey

  31. Bald Eagle

  32. Northern Harrier

  33. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  34. Cooper's Hawk

  35. Swainson's Hawk

  36. Red-tailed Hawk

  37. Golden Eagle

  38. American Kestrel

  39. Peregrine Falcon

  40. Prairie Falcon

  41. Virginia Rail

  42. Sora

  43. American Coot

  44. Sandhill Crane

  45. Semipalmated Plover

  46. Great Northern Killdeer

  47. American Avocet

  48. Spotted Sandpiper

  49. Willet

  50. Semipalmated Sandpiper

  51. Western Sandpiper

  52. Least Sandpiper

  53. Long-billed Dowitcher

  54. Wilson's Snipe

  55. Wilson's Phalarope

  56. Red-necked Phalarope

  57. Bonaparte's Gull

  58. Franklin's Gull

  59. Ring-billed Gull

  60. California Gull

  61. Forster's Tern

  62. Rock Pigeon

  63. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  64. Morning Dove

  65. Flammulated Owl

  66. Western Screech-Owl

  67. Great Horned Owl

  68. Boreal Owl

  69. Northern Saw-whet Owl

  70. Common Nighthawk

  71. White-throated Swift

  72. Black-chinned Hummingbird

  73. Broad-tailed Hummingbird

  74. Belted Kingfisher

  75. Lewis's Woodpecker

  76. Red-naped Sapsucker

  77. Downy Woodpecker

  78. Hairy Woodpecker

  79. Red-shafted Flicker

  80. Olive-sided Flycatcher

  81. Western Wood-Pewee

  82. Willow Flycatcher

  83. Hammond's Flycatcher

  84. Gray Flycatcher

  85. Dusky Flycatcher

  86. Cordilleran Flycatcher

  87. Black Phoebe

  88. Say's Phoebe

  89. Ash-throated Flycatcher

  90. Western Kingbird

  91. Loggerhead Shrike

  92. Gray Vireo

  93. Plumbeous Vireo

  94. Warbling Vireo

  95. Gray Jay

  96. Pinyon Jay

  97. Steller's Jay

  98. Western Scrub-Jay

  99. Clark's Nutcracker

  100. Black-billed Magpie

  101. American Crow

  102. Common Raven

  103. Horned Lark

  104. Purple Martin

  105. Tree Swallow

  106. Violet-green Swallow

  107. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  108. Bank Swallow

  109. Barn Swallow

  110. Cliff Swallow

  111. Black-capped Chickadee

  112. Mountain Chickadee

  113. Juniper Titmouse

  114. Bushtit

  115. Red-breasted Nuthatch

  116. White-breasted Nuthatch

  117. Rock Wren

  118. Canyon Wren

  119. Bewick's Wren

  120. House Wren

  121. Marsh Wren

  122. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  123. American Dipper

  124. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  125. Western Bluebird

  126. Mountain Bluebird

  127. Townsend's Solitaire

  128. Swainson's Thrush

  129. Hermit Thrush

  130. American Robin

  131. Gray Catbird

  132. Northern Mockingbird

  133. Sage Thrasher

  134. European Starling

  135. American Pipit

  136. Cedar Waxwing

  137. Orange-crowned Warbler

  138. Virginia's Warbler

  139. Yellow Warbler

  140. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  141. Black-throated Gray Warbler

  142. Common Yellowthroat

  143. MacGillivray's Warbler

  144. Wilson's Warbler

  145. Yellow-breasted Chat

  146. Green-tailed Towhee

  147. Spotted Towhee

  148. Chipping Sparrow

  149. Brewer's Sparrow

  150. Vesper Sparrow

  151. Lark Sparrow

  152. Black-throated Sparrow

  153. Sage Sparrow

  154. Savannah Sparrow

  155. Slate-colored Fox Sparrow

  156. Song Sparrow

  157. Lincoln's Sparrow

  158. White-crowned Sparrow

  159. Gray-headed Junco

  160. Western Tanager

  161. Black-headed Grosbeak

  162. Blue Grosbeak

  163. Lazuli Bunting

  164. Red-winged Blackbird

  165. Western Meadowlark

  166. Yellow-headed Blackbird

  167. Brewer's Blackbird

  168. Common Grackle

  169. Great-tailed Grackle

  170. Brown-headed Cowbird

  171. Bullock's Oriole

  172. Scott's Oriole

  173. Pine Grosbeak

  174. Cassin's Finch

  175. House Finch

  176. Pine Siskin

  177. Lesser Goldfinch

  178. American Goldfinch

  179. Evening Grosbeak

  180. House Sparrow

  181. Write-in species (n=20) recorded by CFO convention attendees during the convention proper


  182. Northern Pintail

  183. Dusky Grouse

  184. American Bittern

  185. Northern Goshawk

  186. Snowy Egret

  187. Black-necked Stilt

  188. Snowy Plover

  189. Caspian Tern

  190. Burrowing Owl

  191. Long-eared Owl

  192. Cassin's Kingbird

  193. Eastern Kingbird

  194. Indigo Bunting

  195. Townsend's Warbler

  196. Tennessee Warbler

  197. American Redstart

  198. Worm-eating Warbler

  199. Black-chinned Sparrow

  200. Lark Bunting

  201. Bobolink

  202. Sundry species (n=9) recorded by CFO convention during the "Departure Trips" back to Denver or wherever


  203. Greater Sage-Grouse

  204. Band-tailed Pigeon

  205. Pygmy Nuthatch

  206. Rufous-collared Sparrow

  207. Summer Tanager

  208. Red Crossbill

  209. White-winged Crossbill

  210. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

  211. Black Rosy-Finch