Saturday, November 9, 2013

Boulder Bay-breasted Warbler to Lower Latham Reservoir, Weld County

November 8, 2013

Richard Stevens:

It was a fantastic day in Colorado for November.  Temperatures reached the middle 60s.  While others reported high winds in Boulder, when Rebecca and I were there, winds were less than 5 mph.

The Bay-breasted Warbler was quite cooperative.  It gleaned insects from a Pine Tree near the building at 3005 Center Green Drive in Boulder (just northwest of the Foothills Parkway and Valmont Road.

After watching the warbler for an hour, we headed back toward home by way of Valmont Road and highway 7.  We stopped for 30 minutes at the Teller Lake # 5 parking area.  No sparrows were there at all.  A walk to the lake found only one Song Sparrow along the path.  The Golden-crowned Sparrow sometimes is with a flock of White-crowned Sparrows around the fallen trees north of the path.  We did not find it today.

Hundreds of waterfowl were on Teller Lake # 5.  Unfortunately, no uncommon ducks were found.  There were plenty of Redheads, American Coots, Mallards, Gadwalls, Pied-billed Grebes, Green-winged Teal, and a few others.

Prince Lakes 1 and 2 had no gulls at all.  Finally, we passed Lowell Ponds, which had no ice cover or gulls.

Our birding day ended with an unsuccessful search for the Black-legged Kittiwake at Lower Latham Reservoir (Weld).  No Short-eared Owls appeared during a brilliant and colorful sunset.

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