Saturday, May 6, 2017

Birding Weld, Adams & Denver Counties

May 5, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Temperatures reached 76 degrees under partly cloudy skies.  Winds were 7-8 mph with an occasional gust to 11 mph.

Terry Michaels and I birded Banner Lakes Wildlife Area (Weld) in the morning.  Public access to the northern lakes is closed until July 16.  We walked the eastern side of the southern lakes then birded the western windbreak on the trip back.

American Robins were the majority bird.  One Spotted Towhee, a few Dark-eyed Juncos and a dozen White-crowned Sparrows fluttered about the eastern trail.

On the return trip, we relocated the Palm Warbler found by Jacob Washburn and Ray Simmons on Wednesday.  A Barn Owl gave us a brief look.

Later in the afternoon, I drove to Barr Lake (Adams) on my own.  No uncommon birds were encountered.  Several first of the season birds for me at Barr Lake were found. 

The only warbler of the hike from the Visitor's Center footbridge (mile 0.0/9.0) to the boat ramp (mile 7.8) was a female Yellow-rumped Warbler at mile 8.6.  A Spotted Towhee and Hermit Thrush were in the same area.

A young male Bullock's Oriole was a little farther east.  Just east of him a male Western Tanager appeared.  A Swainson's Thrush was found east of the banding station.

An Osprey lay on the platform nest while a second bird perched in a nearby tree.  On the return walk I added a MacGillivray's Warbler, male Yellow Warbler, Barn Owl White-crowned Sparrows, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Flickers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Brewer's Blackbirds.

From the Visitor's Center footbridge to 0.5 miles westward a Say's Phoebe, Green-tailed Towhee and female Black-headed Grosbeak were observed.

The birding day ended with a drive around the DIA Owl Loop (Adams/Denver); no Short-eared Owls appeared this evening.

Burrowing Owls were found: two at W. Cargo Road & Third Creek, two along Gun Club Road about a mile south of 112th avenue and two at Trussville Road & 114th avenue.

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