Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trip Around Weld and Adams Counties

October 10, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Headed back toward the plains today and made a stop at Chambers Lake (Larimer County).  Two American Three-toed Woodpeckers flew about the eastern side about 1/2 down the lake.

Once down on the plains, I detoured to Douglas Reservoir.  A dark juvenile Jaeger flew along the western side of the lake.  It flew down to the private end and a species ID was not possible.

My next stop was Grandview Cemetery (Larimer).  Luck is sometimes quite nice.  Two birders were looking at the Cape May Warbler when I arrived.  Others spent hours searching for the bird.

Crow Valley Campgrounds (Weld) had a few interesting birds.  The highlight was a red form Fox Sparrow first reported a few days ago.  A White-throated Sparrow was in the bushes at the northwest corner.  Unfortunately, the Chestnut-sided Warbler was not relocated.

My birding day ended at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Adams County).  First, I checked the cottonwoods along the southern ponds, which are usually the most productive for migrants.  In one loose flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers (about 22), I found a female Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Not much else was around so I checked out the southern sections.  A Nashville Warbler was in the windbreak along pond # 6.  A Long-eared Owl was also encountered along the southern windbreak (location to remain vague as photographers bothered the owls earlier this year).

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