Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Back to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area

June 4, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I went to Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld County) early in the morning.

We encountered some interesting birds during our four hour walk around the southern sections of the Wildlife Area.

Highlights included a shy Hooded Warbler underbrush east of Pond 4.

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was "hidden" in the cottonwoods east of Pond 3.

A Red-eyed Vireo hawked insects at Pond 2.

A Sage Thrasher perched on a Miner's Candle near Pond 1.

A walk along the western windbreak on our way back to the Hwy 52 parking area found a Long-eared Owl and Barn Owl!

Other birds along the trek included: Spotted Towhees, many American Robins, Dark-eyed Juncos, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk and a few Blue Jays.

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