Date: 5/26/19 3:10 pm From: 'Jim Nelson' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Subject: [cobirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler, Lake Estes area, Larimer Co.
Enjoying a nice visit at our vacation home in Estes Park, I've been tracking the influx of migrants iton the Estes Park area since we arrived last Tuesday to several days of snow and cold.
Today during a late morning walk at Lake Estes and the Matthews-Reeser Bird Sanctuary at the Lake, we met a birder couple visiting from California who had a warbler in view and were trying to identify it. I was pleased to see it was a female Chestnut-sided Warbler and to introduce them to a lifer. The bird was inside the fenced-off area just east of the opening in the protective wooden fencing that allows access to the golf course from the trail through the Sanctuary.
It was interesting to read all the reports of migrants seemingly waiting along the Front Range foothills until the weather improved up here. I wasn't seeing any warblers other than Yellow-rumped, no swallows, no Western Tanagers, no flycatchers, no House Wrens, etc. up here in Estes Park until Friday when the cold weather finally broke and the floodgates opened.
Always interesting to be here in the spring.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD