Friday, April 24, 2009

Grouse Trip Day 5

April 21, 2009

Richard Stevens:

Mary Ewing, Bob Bucci, and I enjoyed another beautiful day and birding.

We started at the eastern (southern) entrance to the Monument. Specifically the subdivision of homes just outside the entrance. Many Gambel's Quail walked around the neighborhood. Several called from top of the scattered bushes.

Much success and target birds were enjoyed at the campgrounds. A dozen Pinyon Jays called from various parts. At least 5 Black-throated Gray Warblers gave us great looks! Juniper Titmice called and put on a show for us also.

At the Campground Overlook we watched the White-throated Swifts soar swiftly around below us. They put on quite a show zooming around the canyon, perhaps only 15 feet below us at times.

A Western Screech-Owl was observed and photographed at a private Grand Junction yard.

Our birding day ended at the 80 Route Leks north of Hayden (Routt). Just north of the 2nd cattle guard (see CoBus website) we found Sharp-tailed Grouse and Dusky Grouse.

The highlight for me was a calling Northern Saw-whet Owl in a nearby location. We heard it call for quite a while. However seeing it in our binoculars was not successful.

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