Monday, June 1, 2009

Guanella Pass and Pine Valley Ranch Park

May 31, 2009

Gary Weston: Five birders emailed for a trip to Guanella pass on Sunday. We piled into a van and booked on up. Two White-tailed Ptarmigan were on the rocks southeast of the intersection of the Rosalie and 603 trails.

We also saw a couple of Mountain Bluebirds, American Pipits and White-crowned Sparrows! We looked over the switchbacks south of Guanella Pass campgrounds. No Three-toed Woodpeckers were seen or heard.

Afterwards we stopped at Pine Valley Ranch Park in Jeffco. We heard a Three-toed Woodpecker south of Pine Lake. When we finally tracked down the bird 200 yards uphill of Pine Lake it was an adult male.

A small flock of Pygmy Nuthatches and a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches were 100 yards up the Buck Gulch trail south of Pine Lake.

A hiker/birder said that they had seen a male northeast of the Skipper and Buck Gulch trails.

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