Saturday, November 16, 2013

Birding Adams & Weld Counties

November 16, 2013

Richard Stevens:

This morning, Bryan Ehlmann and I decided to circle Barr Lake (about 8.9 miles around the trail).  The Weather was pleasant, however much colder and windier than the past few days.

A late migrating Hermit Thrush was below the trail, just northeast of the Pioneer trailhead (mile 8.1).  The highlight of the walk was a Blackpoll Warbler in fall plumage below the dam. 

On the way back to our car, we relocated the Barn Owl in the thick trees off mile 7.2.

No uncommon birds were found while we scoped the reservoir from the now closed boat ramp.

In the afternoon, we drove to a friend's ranch in Weld County.  His resident Long-eared Owls were easy to spot in the evergreen windbreak surrounding his house.

Our birding day ended at Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld).  We added another Long-eared Owl in the windbreak west of Ponds 6-8. 

Many American Robins and Dark-eyed Juncos fluttered about the same windbreak. 

If visiting be sure to check what days some of the hunting areas are reserved.

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