May 1, 2021

This morning I joined a bird walk put on by the Front Range Birding Company at the Audubon Nature Center, with Chuck Aid as our guide.  We began by watching a presentation put on at the bird banding station by Meredith McBurney, of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.  There were several volunteers, including Charlie Chase, who led us around some of the mist nets.   (These are the same folks who run the bird banding station at Barr Lake in the fall.  For a more comprehensive write-up of how their bird banding stations are run, click here: https://naturallyjax.com/?p=5538).

The first bird to be banded this morning was a Wilson’s Warbler:

Wilson’s Warbler

It was followed by a Black-capped Chickadee, two American Goldfinches, and a Spotted Towhee.

American Goldfinch (female)

American Goldfinches (female on right, male on right)

Spotted Towhee

Afterward, we walked around the nature center.  Highlights included two immature Bald Eagles, a Broad-winged Hawk, and two House Wrens (first of year, for me).  We saw some thirty-odd species in all, including these two:

Cooper’s Hawk

Say’s Phoebe

In the late afternoon my better half and I walked the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  For the first time, we saw a Snowy Egret there, above the pond that never freezes:

Snowy Egret