On this hot morning, Wilson's replaced Yellows as the most commonly caught species, as the summer resident Yellows start to move out and migration from the north builds. Caught our first Orange-crowned Warbler and our 5th Northern Waterthrush. We were most excited by a Lark Sparrow, not a rare bird but one almost never caught at the banding station. A total of 51 new birds:
Mourning Dove 1 Western Wood-pewee 1 Hammond's Flycatcher 1 House Wren 5 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 15 Northern Waterthrush 1 Wilson's Warbler 23 Chipping Sparrow 1 Lark Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 1
We are 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.
Meredith McBurney Bander, Barr Lake Station Bird Conservancy of the Rockies