Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Snowy Day in the Foothills and Mountains

March 28, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Rich Rienbolt and I headed into the mountains and a snowstorm today. It was snowing at the west side of Denver at 6:00 am and only got more rapid as we headed west.

We wandered around on slick roads in Summit County and found a few mountain species. Only one pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes remained at the Blue River Water Treatment Plant in Silverthorne.

Loveland Pass was closed all day and we returned to Denver. The road (Highway 9) toward Kremmling and Steamboat Springs looked bad and we did not attempt to drive it. Predictions were for another 4-8 inches tonight.

We stopped a Red Rocks Park (Jefferson County). It was sunny and 30 degrees warmer here. Leon Bright came by and put out seed. Shortly after, the Curve-billed Thrasher took advantage of the food. It was followed by 2 White-throated Sparrows and the Golden-crowned Sparrow. We did not see the Harris's Sparrow; however, Mike Henwood reported seeing it.

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