Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Some More Jackson County Birding

September 6, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Before sunrise, we sat at our Greater Sage-Grouse lek site to see if any Greater Sage-Grouse would show up. No luck at the Jackson County Road 26 site.

Later, the four of us sat with scopes on the west side of Delany Buttes Wildlife Area (Jackson). Sue was the lucky one and found a Greater Sage-Grouse walking about 50 yards up the Butte (from the north end of the lake).

With not much going on at the two Wildlife Areas, we headed back to Teller City Ghost town. We wanted to explore the forest south of the town. For anyone who has not visited the area, there is a self guiding walking tour around the old silver mining town. In the past, both Northern Pygmy-Owls and American Three-toed Woodpeckers have been found while walking the short trail. Beware; a 4 wheel drive vehicle is required to negotiate the approach from the northeast road. I believe there is a way to get down to the town from the western side (Through Rand, which I have never taken).

Eventually Three-toed Woodpeckers were found at two new sites. We also relocated the previously observed Three-toed Woodpecker at the north side of the ghost town.

Near dusk, we played various owl recordings (Flammulated, Boreal, Saw-whet and Northern Pygmy). Waypoints were taken at a Flammulated Owl and Northern Pygmy-Owl sighting/hearing.

On the way back to Denver, we also heard a Boreal Owl at Cameron Pass.

Our biggest goal was achieved; we missed the almost record heat in Denver!

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