Monday, February 27, 2012

Banner Lakes Wildlife Area

February 26, 2012

Rebecca Kosten for Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I looked for a leisure walk and chose Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld County). Recent high winds had melted much of the snow; however, trails were muddy.

Sparrows were represented by Song and many White crowned. Quite a few Dark-eyed Juncos (50+) and American Robins (100+) flew around the windbreak between ponds 5 to 8.

We again found 2 Long-eared Owls in the Windbreak. I find it better to walk the east side of the trees and let the setting sun silhouette the owls hidden well in the thick windbreak.

No Short-eared Owls appeared at dusk.

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