Monday, October 18, 2010

Birding In the Foothills

October 18, 2010

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca Kosten and I decided to combine a short trip into the foothills for "fall colors" with a couple of bird searches (well, that's no surprise, is it)?

The Golden-crowned Sparrow visited behind the Visitor's Center at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson County). A couple of Spotted Towhees, Western Scrub-Jays and many Dark-eyed Juncos were also seen.

At Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson) we walked from the group picnic area to the top and back. One of these days, someone is going to see a grouse along this road; we did not. No Williamson's Sapsuckers were found. They probably have migrated south by now.

We did collect (sightings) of the three nuthatch species, a Brown Creeper, several Pine Siskins, Mountain Chickadees, Black-capped Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, and Hairy Woodpeckers.

After lunch in Evergreen, we went over to Mt Falcon Park (Jefferson) hoping to find a Northern Pygmy-Owl. That did not happen, however a consolation was a Northern Goshawk flying below the overlook.

We heard a Wild Turkey back at the parking area, never saw it. No Dusky Grouse, their "favorite haunt" or mine anyway was cleared of underbrush early last year. Too bad, I have not come across one since. The "fall colors" are still nice to see.

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