We had a very nice, if somewhat warm, opening morning at Barr. We started opening nets at 6:40, and within 10 minutes had our first birds (a Western Wood-pewee and a Northern Waterthrush, side by side in the net) and our first visitors (a mom with her two young daughters from Thornton). LOTS of Yellow Warblers, probably all Barr Lake breeders, looking very spiffy with their new feathers. And 4 NOWAs, which is pretty much our quota for the season. A total of 66 birds banded:
Western Wood-pewee 2 Black-capped Chickadee 5 House Wren 6 Yellow Warbler 35 Northern Waterthrush 4 Wilson's Warbler 9 Brewer's Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 4
We will be open 6 days per week, Tuesday-Sunday, weather permitting, through October 13. We are opening nets at 6:40 and should have birds back at the station by 7:20. We will close nets most days at 11:40, with some being closed earlier as long as this heat continues. 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.