Saturday, September 3, 2016

Too Much Wind

September 2, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Winds were horrific this morning in Holyoke (Phillips County).  Anemometer readings were 19-23 mph with gusts to 33 mph.  I was fortunate to find any birds.  It was quite difficult to hold my binoculars steady.

The Black-throated Green Warbler was clinging to a branch at the southeast corner of Holyoke Cemetery.  Two Baltimore Orioles were blown toward the north end of the Cemetery.

I gave up plans to return to Frenchman Creek Wildlife Area.  Any sparrows had to be hunkered down in the grasses or blown north to Sedgwick County.

Conditions at Washington County Golf Course and Park were a little better.  Anemometer readings were "only" 10 mph out of the south with gusts to 18 mph.

I was able to find a Cassin's Vireo below the eastern dam.  A Least Flycatcher, also below the dam, attempted to fly up and catch some bugs.  Whether he was successful could not be determined.  A couple of Barn Swallows zipped over the pond.

Again, winds made the decision to head back to Denver.  My final stop of the day was Last Chance Rest Stop (Washington).  Thunderstorms threaten the area.  Winds again were outrageous.  Anemometer readings were 24 mph with gusts to 39 mph, ouch!

The few birds found buried in the bushes included a Bell's Vireo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher and Brown Thrasher.

I gave up and drove home.

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