Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hike at Barr Lake State Park

October 26, 2016

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Terry Michaels and I spent several days on the Eastern Plains.  This week we visited 19 Walk-In-Areas (see Oct 17-20 where we hit 41 Walk-In-Areas). 

Home for a change of clothes and we are off again.  Additional reports will have to wait until this weekend.

I stopped by Barr Lake (Adams County) while waiting for Terry and spent the last two hours before sunset walking around the Visitor's Center side.

Two Black-capped Chickadees, a pair of Downy Woodpeckers and the Magnolia Warbler were in the cottonwood just north of the willows that hang over the main trail at mile 8.9.  It was my impression that the warbler was not banded.

Nothing uncommon was found at the banding station and I hiked to the shore.  A juvenile Sabine's Gulls was observed landing on the shore at mile 8.6.  I was sidetracked by a colorful male White-winged Junco; however did get on nice photos.

Then I walked over trying for a photo and of course, it flew off.  The consolation was the Red-throated Loon was swimming around the cove south of the boat ramp.  He would have been missed except for the unsuccessful Sabine's Gull photo.

I hiked along the northern side of the main trail and relocated the Magnolia Warbler in the same tree as previously.  Watched for 10 seconds or so, then he disappeared high in the cottonwood.

Walking along the shore to the Niedrach Boardwalk trail, I notice a Sabine's Gull (no way to know if it was the same one as mile 7.9 bird as two have been reported).  This time I had better fortune and took many dozens of photos.  Several are posted on the Colorado Birding Society's Photo Library:

Shorebirds found included Baird's Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and many Killdeer.

When I looked over the feeders behind the Visitor's Center, many sparrows were observed flying down to the canal for a drink.  The Harris's Sparrow was one of them (photos on the photo library).

No Short-eared Owls appeared tonight along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver).  No Burrowing Owls were found.  They may be gone for 2016.  I will try at least one additional time before giving up on them.

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