Rare Chico Warbler

September 8, 2016

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ fall biologist/bird bander, Laura Marie Koitsch, captured, photographed (above) and banded a rarely seen (in Colorado) Canada Warbler this morning at the Chico banding station. This species has been seen a few times on Chico but this is the first one to be captured at the banding station since its inception. Canada Warbler, as the name implies, breeds north of us and mostly in the East, but they do breed due north of Colorado in cool, shaded, moist ravines and swamps. ¬†They often migrate early, with peak fall movement in the East the last week of August into the first week of September but a bird was banded in 2014 at Clear Spring Ranch on 23 September. A very handsome bird. Only a couple birders were present to enjoy it.