Opening day at Chatfield was a typical spring morning - gorgeous blue skies, no wind, and frozen nets from the rain turned to snow the night before. Also typical for this time of year - not a lot of captures. Banded 7 birds:
House Wren 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Song Sparrow 3 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon 1
There were at least 2 Cooper's Hawks around looking for breakfast, which limited songbird movement. It seemed like there was a male Towhee taunting us from a tree near almost every net; maybe we will start catching them tomorrow........
Come visit! Station is open daily, weather permitting, through the end of May, except for May 10-12 and 28. We open nets about 6:30 and close around noon. If you would like to visit on a weekend, you must pre-register - go to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver website. <http://www.denveraudubon.org/> Perhaps the best time for birders to visit is early in the morning during the week - fewer people and more birds! (School groups start arriving each day between 9:30 and 10:30.)
Meredith McBurney Bander Chatfield Banding Station Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 303-349-0245