Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Banner Lakes to Bennett

October 9, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I returned to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) this morning.  The weather people had missed their mark today.  It was cold and windy all morning.

The Winter Wren was close to the same location is was yesterday (near pond # 6).  The two Long-eared Owls were also within 20 yards of where they were discovered yesterday (Ehlmann, Washburn, Simmons & myself).

After walked down to pond # 9, we returned and birded the southern sections (across Highway 52).  The Blackburnian Warbler that Bryan Ehlmann and I found on 10/7 was not relocated.  However, the Philadelphia Vireo was within 40 yards of yesterday's location.  Meanwhile, Rebecca pointed out a Nashville Warbler under the western cottonwoods.

We continued south to meet up with Highway 36, north of Interstate 70 and then headed into Bennett.  A Long-eared Owl was found in evergreens on the east side of town (same place as a few years ago).

A stop at the I70 Rest Stop was quite productive.  Birds were everywhere and it took several hours to look at most of them.

Highlights included a Philadelphia Vireo.  Fifty one Cedar Waxwings unfortunately did not have a Bohemian Waxwing among them.  Yesterday's Nashville Warbler was not relocated.

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