Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mt Evans and Genesee Mountain Park

July 14, 2009

Richard Stevens:

Christine Graves, Vicki Perry and I headed up the Mt Evans Byway (Clear Creek County) about an hour before sunrise. Temperatures were cool and winds mild.

We did not find any White-tailed Ptarmigan on the trip up to the top of Mt Evans. However on the way back down, Christine found a Ptarmigan east of the road and just south (uphill) of the final switchback before reaching the parking area for Summit Lake.

Later just after getting out of the car, we saw a Brown-capped Rosy Finch along the northeast corner of Summit Lake. Christine opted out of a walk to the northwest corner of the lake. Vicki and I found two Brown-capped Rosy Finches perched on the rocks on the hillside north of the lake!

Though we missed any Three-toed Woodpeckers around the Echo Lake campgrounds, we did see many hummingbirds around Echo Lake Lodge. Besides many Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, there were at least two Rufous Hummingbirds and a Calliope Hummingbird!

At the northeast corner of Echo Lake, we found Lincoln's Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhees, a Red-naped Sapsucker, and several Song Sparrows. Unfortunately, no Three-toed Woodpeckers were found in the short distance Christine was able to walk along the western and southern sides of the lake.

On the trip back to the car, we did get good looks at a male Pine Grosbeak and brief looks at a female.

On the trip back to Denver we stopped at Genesee Mountain Park. A female Williamson's Sapsucker landed on the telephone northwest of the group picnic area building. A pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers flew around the dead tree near the flag pole at the top of the park.

Few birds moved about behind the Trader's Store at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson).

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