Another day like yesterday - a good number of birds, led by Wilson's. 
 Despite the threat of heat, the cloud cover kept things comfortable and we 
were able to band through most of the morning.  We started with lots of 
recaps (birds banded earlier this season, a total of 33), then moved on to 
newly arrived Wilson's and Orange-crowned, then caught 4 Audubon's Warblers 
on our last run.  We are pleased to see that, unlike earlier in the season, 
our current recaps are showing significant amounts of fat.....a sign they 
are finding plenty to eat and getting the energy they need to continue 
their journey.  Here's the breakdown of the 48 new birds:

Downy Woodpecker 1
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's 4
Wilson's Warbler 28
Chipping Sparrow 1

We are open 6 days each week, weather permitting, through October 16.We are 
closed every Monday in September, then October 4 and 12. We are opening 
nets at about 6:30 a.m. and we start closing between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. 
We will open later and/or close earlier if it is very hot, very cold, wet, 
windy, etc. There are school groups most weekday mornings, usually arriving 
around 9:30. Best times to visit, if you like lots of birds and fewer 
humans, are early mornings during the week and Sundays. 
Meredith McBurney
Barr Lake Banding Station
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

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