Saturday, January 27, 2007

Another Trip into the Mountains

January 26, 2007

KC Martin and I only had half a day, but we headed into the mountains anyway. While searching for mountain birds in Summit County we stopped by the Blue River Water Treatment Plant. Four Barrow's Goldeneyes were on the small pond.

We searched for White-tailed Ptarmigan on Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County); without success. It was again quite windy up there. Two Mountain Bluebirds were there however.

After Kelvin left for DIA, I drove over to Barr Lake (Adams). The 1st year Harris's Sparrow was again feeding below the feeders behind the Visitor Center. Many Ring-necked Pheasants were feeding along the road to the boat ramp. Several Red-tailed Hawks were around also.

I could not find any Horned Larks or Snow Buntings or Short-eared Owls while driving the DIA Owl Loop. My day ended under another fantastic sunset over the silhouettes of Mt Evans, Long’s Peak and Pikes Peak.

Another highlight was watching 3 dozen+ Pronghorn wander around the Mt Simeon Cemetery near Picadilly Road and East 6th Avenue.

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