Saturday, July 3, 2010

Western Slope Bird Trip (part 2)

June 27 to 30, 2010

Bryan Ehlmann:

June 27, 2010

We split up the territory south of Del Norte today.

Group B

We took the Dell Norte to Alamosa to Platoro to Capulin to Monte Vista to Dell Norte.


Two Purple Martins at the Trujillo Meadows Campground. Fox Sparrows were again found at Cumbres Pass. Chama Basin had a few Empidonax Species (Cordilleran Flycatcher and Hammond's Flycatcher).

Campgrounds searched: Elk Creek, Spectacle, Conejos, Trail Creek and Lake Fork. Nothing uncommon was found.

Platoro Reservoir was not a great stop. Alamosa Campgrounds was quiet.

In Rio Grande County stops at Rock Creek and Comstock Campgrounds. A Boreal Owl called west of Rock Creek Campgrounds.

Group A

Dell Norte to Fort Garland to San Luis to Manassa to Alamosa to Dell Norte.

A Mountain Plover was found near last years GPS waypoint south of Monte Vista, Conejos County.

A Rufous Hummingbird was found around Antonito. Black-chinned Hummingbirds in San Luis.

Sanchez Reservoir, Costilla County was slow. A Burrowing Owl was found south of Fort Garland. Sage Sparrows also south of Fort Garland.

After dusk the owl count was:

Rio Grande County
Boreal Owl (1)
Flammulated Owl (1)

Saguache County
Flammulated Owl (2)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (1)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (1)

We had previous GPS waypoints that proved to be effective again this year.

June 28, 2010

Groups were shuffled today. We planned to split up and not meet again until Wednesday.

Group B

We started out listening for owls at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa County. A Western Screech-Owl answered our recordings, but the Northern Pygmy-Owls were silent.

A hike to Zapata Falls added Black Swifts to Gary Weston's county list.

From the National Park we continued North to Poncha Pass, Chaffee County where few birds were found. A pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers along Highway 285 was the highlight.

We picked up Forest Road 243 to Forest Road 200 and continued west on Marshall Pass Road, back into Saguache County. We returned to Gunnison by way of Marshall Pass.

Campgrounds searched: O'Haver Lake, Tomichi Creek.

We enjoyed good success on Marshall Pass. Three-toed Woodpeckers were found at two locations both relocated from last year; thanks to GPS waypoints!

A Flammulated Owl was relocated within 300 yards of the 2009 bird. Two Northern Pygmy-Owls were also relocated.

A flyover Purple Martin was seen but its final location not determined.

Our birding day ended back at Gunnison Road 38. At dusk a Gunnison Sage-Grouse crossed the road just north of CR 38A.

Group A

Campgrounds searched: Rio Grande County: Highway Springs, Lower Beaver Creek, Upper Beaver Creek, Cross Creek, Mineral County: Columbine Lake, Park Creek, Big Meadows, West Fork and Wolf Creek.

A very late calling Dusky Grouse sang at Park Creek Campgrounds. A Northern Pygmy-Owl called briefly at Palisade, but it was not seen.

A pair of Black Swifts were seen over Treasure Falls, Wolf Creek Pass.

After dark, owls:

Mineral County
Flammulated Owl at Park Creek Campgrounds
Flammulated Owl near Wolf Creek Pass
Boreal Owl near Wolf Creek Pass
Northern Saw-whet Owl at West Fork Campgrounds

June 29, 2010

Group B

We explored west of Crested Butte along Kebler Pass by way of Ohio Pass, Gunnison County. We had heard that Schofield Pass road was closed and did not try to see how far we could drive up it or to it.

An American Three-toed Woodpecker was seen near the top of Kebler Pass. Several Purple Martins flew around at mile marker 10. This is a traditional location for them. They probably nest somewhere close.

We stopped at Paonia State Park, found few birds, then continued north to McClure Pass. A Dusky Grouse was found about 50 yards south of the cattle guard up Old McClure Pass Road.

We did not find any Purple Martins below the pass. They have been reported in the past. Band-tailed Pigeons were found at the subdivision west of Marble. We searched for hummingbirds in Marble, only saw Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.

Near dusk we drove Kebler Pass back to Ohio Pass. A Northern Pygmy-Owl was heard at Ohio Pass. A Flammulated Owl was heard just west of Kebler Pass summit.

A Northern Pygmy-Owl was found back at Bogan Flats Campgrounds, south of McClure Pass, Gunnison County.

Group A

Campgrounds visited: Hinsdale County: Williams Creek, Cimarrona, Bridge and Piedra.

A Three-toed Woodpecker and Veery were found north of Williams Creek Reservoir. Dusky Grouse were seen at Cimarrona Campgrounds. No owls responded at any Campgrounds.

Archuleta County: Lower Piedra, Ute and Devils Creek.

Navajo Recreation Area in Archuleta County. The highlight here was a Black Phoebe at the Watchable Wildlife Area. After dark a Northern Pygmy-Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl were heard.

June 30, 2010

Group B

Today we drove down Cimarron River Road to Forest Road 860, Gunnison County. We took it down to Owl Pass. We explored Cimarron Wildlife Area and Silver Jack Reservoir.

Campgrounds searched: Gunnison County: Big Cimarron, Beaver Lake and Silver Jack.

At Big Green Mountain Falls we found a Black Swift for the second summer in a row! Three-toed Woodpeckers were found at three stops!

A Northern Saw-whet Owl responded to our recordings at Big Cimarron Campgrounds. A Northern Pygmy-Owl was heard north of Owl Pass.

We returned to Gunnison where the girls picked up their car and returned to Denver.

Group A

They continued along Highway 160 with visits to Vallecito and Pastorius Reservoirs, La Plata County.

Campgrounds visited: La Plata: Vallecito, Pine River, Miller Creek and Transfer Park.

Birds found at Vallecito Reservoir included a Three-toed Woodpecker, Lewis's Woodpeckers, Osprey, Band-tailed Pigeons, Virginia's Warblers, and a surprise: American Redstart.

An Eastern Kingbird was found at Pastorius Reservoir.

Northern Pygmy-Owls were found at 2 locations. Northern Saw-whet Owl at one and a Short-eared Owl at another.

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