Monday, August 15, 2016

Afternoon Walk at Barr Lake State Park

August 13, 2016

Rebecca Kosten and I stretched our legs in the afternoon with a walk at Barr Lake (Adams).  An Ash-throated Flycatcher was in the shade of the cottonwoods at mile 8.8.

A Barn Owl was at the end of the peninsula at the banding station (mile 8.7).

Best bird was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher also on the peninsula.  It stayed deep in the thickest grove of trees.  We watched and studied it for over an hour.  I captured several photos and not had time to study them yet.

Field marks included bright yellow belly, yellow throat, complete eyering but not extended at rear like a Cordilleran Flycatcher, rounded head (not crested like a Cordilleran Flycatcher), long wings, fairly short primary extension, short tail, bright olive green overall (expect brownish olive color on Cordilleran Flycatcher), strong contrasting wingbars, wide bill with pale lower mandible.

We called Terry Michaels, Amy Davenport and Sue Ehlmann and waited for them to see the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher also!

Other birds still around included Osprey, a few House Wrens, a couple of Bullock's Orioles, and a Western Wood-pewee.

We relocated 10 Burrowing Owls along Gun Club Road, south of 112th Avenue (Denver) and 4 Burrowing Owls along W. Cargo Road at Third Creek (Adams).

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