Thursday, June 24, 2010

Park and Chaffee County Birding

June 21, 2010

Richard Stevens:

This morning I hiked up the "Three-toed Woodpecker" trail. I made it all the way above tree line, no woodpeckers and started back down.

On the trip down, I heard the distinctive drumming of a male American Three-toed Woodpecker. He was eventually observed 400 yards up the trail (south of Michigan Creek road) and 20 yards west of the trail.

In the afternoon, we found 2 Lewis's Woodpeckers in Buena Vista (Chaffee). They were just south of Brookdale Avenue and North Pleasant Street.

The resident Western Screech-Owl is still around. Not sure if he has a mate this year?

After lunch, we drove up Cottonwood Pass. We stopped half a dozen times and played an Ovenbird recording. No response. A couple of Gray Jays came out of the forest to beg for food.

We continued to Taylor Reservoir (Gunnison). Nothing uncommon was on the lake. We searched unsuccessfully for Three-toed Woodpeckers at the campgrounds and returned to Buena Vista. Several stops along the way, Northern Pygmy-Owl recordings were played; without success.

In late afternoon, we drove the roads north of the Buena Vista Overlook. After driving Chaffee County Road 304 for about an hour, a Northern Saw-whet Owl finally answered our recording. When it rains, it pours? A second Northern Saw-whet Owl was heard on the way back to the overlook.

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