Sunday, May 21, 2017

Walk Along the Barr Lake Trail

May 14, 2017

Richard Stevens:

I hiked at Barr Lake (Adams) to stretch my legs after a long drive this morning.  My broken toe only allowed a walk from mile 0.0 (9.0 Visitor's Center footbridge) to the west end of the Niedrach boardwalk trail, and east to mile 8.6 (Osprey platform nest).

Many common summering birds are back: Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, House Wren - (dozens), Western Kingbirds, Eastern Kingbirds, Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler - (dozen), Yellow-rumped Warbler - (many dozens), MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's Oriole

Misses: no uncommon warblers, although a Northern Waterthrush at the western end of the Niedrach trail was the highlight of the walk; no Baltimore Orioles (usually see one every year in the second half of day, perhaps too early to today).

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