Saturday, January 1, 2011

Third Annual Cameron Pass Christmas Count

December 29, 2010

Bryan Ehlmann:

Our snowshoe trek went another three miles into the Colorado State Forest. We then turned around and returned to the entrance along highway 14.

Our third annual Cameron Pass Christmas Count today had six participants snowshoeing around and four feeder watchers.

Highlights included American Three-toed Woodpeckers at Ranger Lakes, the Visitor's Center, Chambers Lake and the Crags Campgrounds.

Feeders in Gould provided similar birds to those visiting the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center feeders. Birds included Rosy Finches, Pine Siskins, Mountain Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos and four Pine Grosbeaks.

After dark, Richard and I snow shoed down Michigan Ditch Road for about 2.5 miles. We found two Boreal Owls to add to the four found by the other two groups, which searched along highway 14.

Thanks to all who helped with the Christmas Count. Final counts will be in February's "Colorado Field Notes".

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