We were having a nice, if somewhat slow, start to the morning until the wind picked up - blowing harder than I can ever remember during banding season - leading to an early close. Before that, interesting catches included what was likely a family of three American Goldfinches recently out of the nest and our first two Blue Jays side by side in a net. Total of 19 new birds for the morning:
Blue Jay 2 House Wren 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Hermit Thrush 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Myrtle 1 Dare-eyed Junco, Oregon 2 American Goldfinch 3
We are open 6 days per week, Tuesday-Sunday, weather permitting, through October 14. We are opening nets at 7:00 and should have birds back at the station by about 7:30. We will close most days by about 11:30. School groups arrive most weekdays at about 9:30. The best time to visit (fewest people, most birds) is before 9:30 weekdays and Sundays.
Meredith McBurney Bander Barr Lake Station Bird Conservancy of the Rockies