Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chico Days, a sucsess!

I would like to start out by thanking all of the wonderful people who donated their time to band birds at Chico Basin all around the country. I truly wish that I could do that every day of my life.  I got the experience of taking a Swainson's Thrush from the net and letting it go, and watching it fly through the forest with agility matched by no other animal. I also got to do the "run" and carry the birds in little bags as shown below.

Blue bag: Lazuli Bunting
Orange/Brown bag at bottom: Bullock's Oriole
Other bags: Swainson's Thrushes and Gray Catbirds
Although many great birds were found here, this was definately the rarest.
Worm-eating Warbler
My list is now at 305 and we are heading to New Jersey up to Maine for 8 days in about 1 week, the day after schools gets out! Before I end this post I have a bird identification challenge for all of the birders who read my blog. Here is the picture from Chico. Take a guess at what this is in the comment section below (hint, hint, it is not what you think it is)

any guesses?
Have fun birding!
Skyler Bol
Ft. Collins, CO
birds: 305


  1. Hi Skyler,

    so glad that you are doing great! Congrats on getting over 300. What was # 300?

    As for the mystery bird, Lazuli Bunting? I've never really birded the Rocky Mountains so that is a "stab in the dark"

  2. Looks like an immature lazuli. Very cool blog. Looking forward to following your adventures.