Rock Dove Tours – Success in the Pawnee National Grasslands

This will be brief as I’m scrambling to get ready for a red eye plane ride tonight to Boston.  Peter Gent and I, two of the senior members of Rock Dove Tours, drove out to the Pawnee NG today for the two longspurs.  Mission accomplished.

McCown's Longspur on Territory (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Maine is an important trip for my big year.  Target birds are Bicknell’s Thrush, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Manx Shearwater, Great Shearwater and maybe-just maybe- a Red-billed Tropicbird. If all goes well I may detour at the end to see the Hooded Crow.  Stay tuned

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5 Responses to Rock Dove Tours – Success in the Pawnee National Grasslands

  1. Hi John,
    I know your busy but I’m planning a trip to Colorado in July. Would you mind telling me where exactly you saw the Longspurs?
    I’m enjoying following your Big Year exploits. I’ve birded in the States many times and am looking forward to visiting Colorado. I visited Maine last summer. Good luck with the rest of your year John…

  2. Suzi Plooster says:

    Way to go John! The year’s not yet half over.
    Good luck!

  3. And now there’s a LITTLE EGRET in MAINE too!!!

  4. John Vanderpoel says:

    Thanks, Suzie. Good to hehar from you.

  5. John Vanderpoel says:


    The Chestnut-collared Longspur was in the field at the southeast corner of Weld county Rd 114 and US 85 north of Nunn in Weld County. The McCown’s are all over the place.

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