The big week of bird migration in Ouray County

  • Baird's Sandpiper: :Long-distance migrant that breeds on the tundra.
    Baird's Sandpiper: :Long-distance migrant that breeds on the tundra.
  • Spotted Sandpiper: Loses his spots in the fall, but in breeding has lots of spots on body.
    Spotted Sandpiper: Loses his spots in the fall, but in breeding has lots of spots on body.
  • Western Sandpiper: Probably a juvenile.
    Western Sandpiper: Probably a juvenile.
  • Greater Yellowlegs: Look at the long legs.
    Greater Yellowlegs: Look at the long legs.
  • Sabine's Gull: lt's very rare to see this sea bird inland, as this gull is mostly pelagic. This means it mostly lives on the open water, unless it comes onto land to breed or raise chicks. This gull typicall y breeds in the Arctic. Photos courtesy Don Marsh
    Sabine's Gull: lt's very rare to see this sea bird inland, as this gull is mostly pelagic. This means it mostly lives on the open water, unless it comes onto land to breed or raise chicks. This gull typicall y breeds in the Arctic. Photos courtesy Don Marsh
The migration of birds is a natural phenomenon. Usually every fall, birders are treated with migrant shorebirds, gulls, and other birds passing through the area and using Ridgway Reservoir as a stopping point. This year the big week at Ridgway Reservoir was Aug. 17-23. These dates can vary from week to week and into September, depending on the year.. Here are some of the migrants that were seen…

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