Things picked up a bit today (although of course well below normal for this time of year) with 13 new birds banded. Our first Hermit Thrushes arrived, about two weeks late. We also caught two species that we recognize as "fall is coming" birds - a Spotted Towhee and a Dark-eyed Junco. Here's the full breakdown:
Rock Wren 1
House Wren 1
Hermit Thrush 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow, Gambel's 2
Dark-eyed Junco, pink-sided 1
Monday is our day off.......time to recuperate from a crazy week - few birds, lots of great visitors, and complex discussions/activity/etc. around Barr Lake and the surrounding habitat. We believe we are headed in a good direction, while we remain alert to potential issues going forward. Again, thanks to all of you who have expressed your opinions - the publicity that has been generated has been the result of your sharing your concern with friends, family, media sources, etc.
If you would like to visit our station, we have one-hour slots (up to 15 visitors at a time) from 7:30-8:30 most weekday mornings (Tues-Fri, we are closed on Mon) and 8, 9, and 10 a.m. one-hour time slots on the weekends. As long as the heat continues, you are more likely to see birds if you come earlier in the morning. Click here
to make a reservation.
Bander, Barr Lake Station
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies