I want to start today by seconding Dave Leatherman's comment about the education he receives from his university, Grandview Cemetery. Those of us who spend a ton of time at one birding site find that we are always learning new things and/or wondering why, after years in the same place, we haven't got all the answers!
Yesterday was another hot day, with a relatively moderate number of early fall birds. Late morning we were treated to a beautiful adult male Nashville Warbler. And our last bird of the morning was an all too rare "recovery", banding language for a bird that was originally banded at another station and then recaught someplace else. See below under Wilson's Warbler.
Breakdown of the 37 new birds for the day:
Western Wood-pewee 2 House Wren 4 Gray Catbird 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 3 Nashville Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 8 MacGillivray's Warbler 1 Wilson's Warbler 15 new, 1 recovery. We knew right away from the band number that this bird was not "ours" - that it had been banded at another site. The Bird Banding Lab is now very effectively computerized, and I had an immediate response to my report of this recovery - the bird was banded by Steve Brown on August 27, 2017 at his Clear Spring Ranch station in El Paso County. We would have liked a glimpse into where this bird spent its summer or winter, but any recovery is cool. This bird seems to be pretty consistent in its fall migration route, although a few days behind last year! Yellow-breasted Chat 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