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Click on photos to enlarge Black-Chinned Hummingbird Chicks
Black-Chinned
Hummingbird Chicks
Walter "Ski" Szymanski


Bushtit (Interior)
Bushtit (Interior)
Larry Boyer


Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Walter 'Ski' Szymanski

From novice to experienced, the Broomfield Bird Club welcomes everyone interested in watching, identifying and learning about wild birds and their habitats.

- Zoom Presentations are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
   (scroll down for Zoom Links and more information)

- Bird Walks are on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

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2022 PRESENTATIONS
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Upcoming presentation:

Tuesday September 13th Presentation

September 13th: We have a fun presentation called, “Curious Corvids,” from a wonderful local presenter, Curt Frankenfeld, who will give us a talk about Corvids. Corvids include crows, ravens, rooks, blue jays, magpies, and nutcracker.

"I didn’t appreciate crows until I started reading books about them and found there are biological findings which explain the ability of Corvids to reason, figure out, and have the ability to have emotional attachments to human beings, - good and bad!", said Cindy Card, the Broomfield Bird Club Present. She also said, "According to one book, they warn us not to be mean to crows as they will remember you and pass on ill feelings toward you to their kin for generations! On the other hand, they will bring you gifts for feeding them, as in feathers stuck in the ground where you walk, odd trinkets, and shiny objects they found. I am looking forward to hearing about what Curt Frankenfeld will focus his talk".

Frankenfeld said of his presentation, “The Curious Corvids presentation is a dive into this fascinating world-wide bird family. These smart birds are the subject of legends and myths - from wise ones to tricksters and harbingers of life and death, these birds receive credit for many things in human existence. We’ll take a quick look at the legend and science of some common corvids of Colorado.”

Frankenfeld is currently the President of the Denver Audubon Board; he also teaches Beginning Birding programs for the Denver Audubon Osher Life-long Learning Institute, Douglas Land Conservancy and many other organizations. He is also a Colorado Native Plant Master and leads native plant tours in addition to birding tours and general nature hikes, mostly in Douglas County.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 811 3806 3538
Passcode: 682564


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Our upcoming bird walks

Bird Walks – September


Brunner Reservoir, September 27th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

Join us for an early evening walk around Brunner Reservoir, one of Broomfield's Birding hotspots. E-bird reports over a hundred species of birds sited since January 2021. We will bird the trail around the reservoir and see the newly-established Broomfield Bird Club feeder station. There will be a social gathering afterward at Karen's house, for those interested. Details when you sign up.

Location: Immediately behind (east of) Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way. We will meet at the viewing platform beside the lake.

Map

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk




Bird Walks – October

Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Tuesday, October 4th, 7:15 am to 1:00 pm.

This promises to be a fun day, with Paula Hansley as our guide. We'll meet at the library in Broomfield to carpool or caravan to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, stopping along the way to view some birding hotspots. At the park, there will be a short hike (less than a mile) along an unpaved trail. Fall migration is happening, so we'll see what we can discover! Bring water, snacks and a lunch, of course binocs and scope, if you have one.

Location: We'll meet at the east end of the Broomfield Library parking lot. There is a $9 fee per car to enter Golden Gate Canyon park, so if you are driving yourself, please be prepared to pay. We can arrange carpooling that morning (vaccinated people only, please).

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk




Old St. Vrain Road, Lyons - Saturday, October 15th, 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

This rich habitat provides ample opportunity for birding. With Lauren Burke as our guide, we'll look for the year-round residents such as the Cedar Wax Wing and Great Horned Owl, as well as a variety of migrating species.

Location: We'll meet at Heil Valley Ranch Picture Rock Trailhead, at 8:00 sharp! From here it is a short distance to where we'll begin our walk, which is a lightly traveled, paved road. Total distance is about two miles. If you are interested in being connected with those who wish to carpool, please indicate this when you sign up.

Map

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk

Birding Walks:

The 2nd Saturday of the Month.
Meet at SouthEast side of the Library parking lot.
September - May = Meet at 8:15 a.m., leaving at 8:30 sharp
June - August = Meet at 7:15 a.m., leaving at 7:30 sharp.
Car Pooling = Only vaccinated people can car pool.
Others can join a car chain to the site, or meet at the site,
and wear masks.

On the Wing bird walks:

Leaders: Anyone can lead a group other than the scheduled
2nd Saturday of the month. You must download our Liability
Document (Fieldtrip and Waiver Form) and have participants sign this.
You can let Larry know the date and special instructions (such as wear boots, bring water, etc. or car pooling info, to put on the Website,
by going to our Web Page - Contact Us.

If you sign up for a walk and then can't make it, please let Karen know by filling out the Register for Bird Walk and tell us that you will not be attending, so we can fill your spot.


All of those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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~ BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ~


(1) BRAND NEW SIBLEY BOOK - What It's Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley

From the description: The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why.

"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds–blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees–it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin.

Check out this book on Sibley's website here.

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(2) The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal

Click here to purchase book.

The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist. A selection of previously unpublished bird paintings by David Sibley, transformed into detailed and accurate outline drawings for you to color.

A portable, deluxe adult coloring book from the renowned birder, illustrator, and author of the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. The perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. Including 75 original and previously unpublished images.

The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist, picturing–with the lifelike precision that is a hallmark of David Sibley’s work–75 images of spectacular birds in flight and at rest. The Sibley Birds Coloring Book will allow birding enthusiasts to create their own artist’s portfolio, restoring color–whether real or imagined–to wings, crest, beaks, and more.

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(3) The Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy
has plenty of online courses available as well as some free lectures.

Click Cornell Lab's Bird Acadamy for more information

The full list of their lectures is at this link.

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FREE SPARROW ID GUIDE

Whether you're at home or out in the field, here's a helpful sparrow reference guide that you can download and print out courtesy of the Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library and Bird Academy. (Just click here to download this guide.)

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WANT TO HELP SHAPE LAWS
AFFECTING BIRDS IN COLORADO?

Advocating for bird-friendly legislation is one of the most impactful ways to help birds and the environment in Colorado. But without an understanding of the process, it can seem daunting.

Therefore, Audubon Rockies and Denver Audubon are sponsoring Getting Green Laws 2020, a free online webinar training in February on how to make your voice heard by legislators on policies affecting birds in Colorado being decided on right now.

To learn more about this important webinar, please click here.

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~ BACKYARD BIRD HABITAT TOURS ~


Backyard Bird Habitat Tours, organized by Cindy Card, our club's president, promise to be a lot of fun and inspirational for anyone interested in creating and maintaining habitats in their own yards that result in a rewarding stream of visiting birds throughout the seasons.

Please contact Cindy if you would like to offer your yard for a future tour, or if you know of a neighbor or family member who may be interested in hosting one of these habitat tours.

Also, if you have any interest at all in attracting birds to your yard, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the All Seasons Hobby Guide at Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Arvada (on 7370 W. 88th Avenue – map). This Hobby Guide is designed to help you identify exactly which food and feeder combinations are most likely to bring in daily, seasonal, and rare birds. It will also help you to be thoughtful about where to place your feeders, how to create an inviting and safe environment for the birds, and how to solve basic problems. Give David at Wild Birds Unlimited a call 303-467-2644 for more information—and tell him the Broomfield Bird Club sent you!

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