Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bear Creek Park and an Arvada Hummingbird Search

October 27, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Our birding day and an editorial comment at end of email:

Rebecca Kosten and were at Bear Creek Park (off Kenyon, Jefferson County) early this morning.  The Palm Warbler was with a flock of 10-12 Yellow-rumped Warblers east of the pond.  See editorial or suggestion to new birders at the end of my email.

Later we spent three hours at the Arvada yard (Jefferson) where a Ruby-throated Hummingbird had been reported the past two days.  It did not appear between 10:30 am and Noon or from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  When it started to rain, we left.

We skipped Cherry Creek Reservoir (Arapahoe) when another birder mentioned that he had found few birds there today.  Instead, we drove over to Barr Lake (Adams).  Unfortunately, bird activity was slow there also.

Editorial comment/hint to inexperienced birders:

We watched the flock of warblers at Bear Creek from about 20 yards.  Most of us carry binoculars and can see birds from 40-50 yards and attempt to identify them from 10+ yards.

I was just a few seconds from getting a photo while my digital camera was booting up, when another birder walked up and stood under the tree with the warbler flock.  The birder stood there and thumbed through her field guide.  The flock took off and flew to the east.  We did wonder if that birder saw the Palm Warbler before it was scared away.  It is not necessary to approach so closely to birds! 

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