Sunday, June 7, 2009

Drive Up Mt Evans Byway

June 5, 2009

Richard Stevens:

David Neal, Carson Denison and I drove up Mt Evans Byway, Clear Creek County this morning. Skies were cloudy, winds mild.

A White-tailed Ptarmigan was found below the rocks at the east end of the upper Mt Evans Parking Area. It is always helpful for success if you are one of the first cars up there in the morning.

We then hiked the northern side of Summit Lake. Two Brown-capped Rosy Finches eventually came down to the northwest corner of the lake. Later they were seen perched or feeding on the rocks on the hillside to the north.

A check of the Echo Lake campgrounds did not find any American Three-toed Woodpeckers today. We also walked the west and south sides of the lake, again no Three-toed Woodpeckers. Several Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were seen around the Echo Lake Lodge.

We drove into Silverthorne and Summit County looking for mountain species. Pine Grosbeaks and Evening Grosbeaks were found around town. Two Band-tailed Pigeons were also observed.

Rock Creek Road on the way to A.M. Bailey Bird Sanctuary was too muddy for our vehicle and we gave up on a try to get up there.

A quick stop at Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson) found a pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers first around the flag pole and later along the main road just southwest of the flag pole.

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