Monday, October 15, 2012

Black-throated Blue Warblers Everywhere

October 15, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Our owling trip to Jackson County was delayed this morning.

Saturday I passed out three Field Guides to new birders in the Bennett area.  It only took a day for that to pay off.  Last night I received a phone call that one of the new birders had found a male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Bryan Ehlmann and I rushed over to Bennett this morning.  After a 20 minute wait, the Black-throated Blue Warbler reappeared in my new friend's yard!  Unfortunately, they prefer no strangers visit their yard.

On Friday, a Denver birder had a male Black-throated Blue Warbler crash into her house.  The bird was found dead on her front porch.  Norma Erickson had a male Black-throated Blue Warbler at her Greeley yard on Sunday.  That is quite a few for the Front Range.

Bryan and I stopped off at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) on the trip home.  We could not find the Winter Wrens or Nashville Warbler.  An American Redstart was in the trees south of the parking area south of highway 52.  One of the Long-eared Owls was relocated.

We also stopped at two "Walk In Areas" to briefly search for migrating "Ammodramus" sparrows.  None was found.  Several McCown's Longspurs were found.

See Black-throated Blue Warbler photo in October's "Colorado Field Notes" and on the Home Page of the Colorado Birding Society's Website: 

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