Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Back in the Mountains

April 26, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Terry King and I drove to Summit County in search of mountain birds. A few Brown-capped Rosy Finches and a couple of Gray-crowned Rosy Finches flew around. There were no Barrow's Goldeneyes at the Blue River Water Treatment Plant. The Ospreys were on their nest in Silverthorne (first observed about 2 weeks ago).

We backtracked to Loveland Pass. Luck was with us; we found a pair of White-tailed Ptarmigan within 15 minutes of scoping below the eastern side of the summit.

A stop at Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson) on the way back to Denver, added 2 male and a female Williamson's Sapsucker to our trip list. One pair was around the group picnic area. A second male was around the flagpole and snag at the top of the park.

After lunch, we stopped at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson). Surprisingly, all four of the uncommon birds are still there (since before Thanksgiving). The Curve-billed Thrasher made several visits below the northern platform feeder behind the trading post. Next the two White-throated Sparrows appeared. The Golden-crowned Sparrow made to visits. Finally, the Harris's Sparrow also showed.

We found one of the Peregrine Falcons from the upper parking lot. Weather was turning worse and we left before finding the Prairie Falcons.

Weather did not improve when we drove to Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson). No owls or American Three-toed Woodpeckers were located. Only a few Mountain Bluebirds were seen.

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