Thursday, March 24, 2011

Davenport on Grouse Trips Wednesday, 3/23

It has been decided that instead of waiting a week for a grouse trip to finish and getting reports, I will transcribe telephone reports of current grouse trips. I will do my best. Amy Davenport

March 23, 2011

The Weston group started the day by watching 26+ Gunnison Sage-Grouse at the Waunita Hot Springs Lek, Gunnison County. The rest of the day was spent driving to Springfield, Baca County.

Brief stops at Tunnel Drive in Canon City did not find Rufous-crowned Sparrows. They missed Inca Doves in Rocky Ford but did find plenty of Eurasian Collared-Doves and one White-winged Dove.

No Burrowing Owls were found at Pasture G across from the Washington Work Center, Baca County. They did find a Burrowing Owl along Baca County Road M at 0.3 miles west of highway 287/385.

The Stevens group drove through the Colorado National Monument, Mesa County. Gambel's Quail were found at the subdivision just outside the eastern/southern entrance to the Monument. Pinyon Jays and Juniper Titmice were found at the Campgrounds. No vireos or warblers were seen.

They saw a Sage Sparrow along Mesa County Road 4 at 7.6 miles north of County Road S.

While they missed Chukar in Escalante Canyon, a Black Phoebe was seen along Escalante Creek just downstream of Pinnacle Rock, Delta County.

Fruitgrower's Reservoir, Delta County provided sightings of Sandhill Cranes, Greater Yellowlegs and Tree Swallows. No Lewis's Woodpeckers were found at Evelyn Horn's home below the dam.

They found two Dusky Grouse while driving the South Rim Drive at the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Montrose County. Note: the South Rim Drive is still closed at the Visitor's Center about 10 miles from the west end of the drive.

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