Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Hike Around Barr Lake

June 30, 2012

Bryan Ehlmann and I decided to hike the 9 mile (8.7 actually) trail that circles Barr Lake (Adams County).  The northeastern side is usually uneventful and not worth the time; however it was going to be a slow day.

The resident nesters are still busy.  House Wrens, Bullock's Orioles, Western and Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos (not so many this year), and Downy Woodpeckers.

The Plumbeous Vireo reported yesterday by Gary Weston was still meandering around the Niedrach boardwalk trail.

A couple of Bald Eagles were seen off the Gazebo boardwalk.

A surprise and highlight of the day was a Townsend's Warbler near mile marker 3.0.  It is early for them to be migrating.  Avoiding the forest fires to the west is probably a bigger motivation for exiting the mountains.

An Audubon's Warbler and Virginia Rail were along the canal stream below the dam.

That accounts for most of the birds found during our 4 hour walk.

We stopped at Morgan-Smith Nature Area on the west side of Brighton on our way home.  A couple of chattering House Wrens were the most notable birds there.

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