The Black Canyon Audubon Society has identified several bird-watching sites in Delta County and details them on its website.
The locations include Delta's Confluence Park and Sweitzer Lake State Park as well as Fruitgrower's Reservoir near Eckert and the Surface Creek Walking Trail in Cedaredge.
The 2019 edition of Eckert Crane Days took place last weekend from March 15-17. And, even though only small flocks of sandhill cranes showed up, the three-day event attracted several dedicated birders.
Delta County has many treasures just waiting to be discovered by folks looking to sample locally produced wines, load up on fresh sweet corn, or putting a trophy deer or elk in their sights.
Twice a year, birders gather around Fruitgrowers Reservoir to witness the spring and fall migration of thousands of sandhill cranes.
The Black Canyon Audubon Society sponsored two raptor field trips last weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 10 and again on Sunday, Feb. 11, nearly two dozen enthusiasts explored Delta County back roads between Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia searching for a variety of raptors.
A dozen members of the Black Canyon Audubon Society toured a 42-acre conservation easement owned by Kevin and Jackie Parks last weekend. In the early morning hours the birders, biologists and conservationists passed through pristine wetlands teeming with wildlife, observed nesting great blue herons, and identified some 30 individual bird species, among them the belted kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, purple martin and western wood-pewee.
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