Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Long Trip in Snow

February 24, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I cross-country skied to the Teller City Ghost Town (Jackson County) today. It was a long trip of about 7 miles one way. Beautiful scenery, everything snow covered. Quiet because we were 7 miles from a road with cars.

We did not find any owls; usually a Northern Pygmy-Owl is observed somewhere along the route or at the ghost town itself. We heard the drumming of a Three-toed Woodpecker and perhaps briefly saw it fly between trees. It could fly much faster than we could slide through the snow.

A flock of 8-10 Red Crossbills was seen on the way out. Twenty Pine Siskins and some Steller's Jays were just about all we counted. Beautiful views, now we can say that we have done it, however probably never again.

Earlier in the morning, we saw 60+ Rosy Finches (no Blacks) at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.

On the way back to Denver (after midnight), we heard only Boreal Owls west of Cameron Pass and again at the upper Joe Wright Reservoir.

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