Saturday, April 2, 2011

Davenport on Grouse Trips 4/1

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

April 1, 2011

The CoBus grouse trip started their day at the 20 Road Leks outside of Hayden in Routt County. They counted nine Sharp-tailed Grouse coming to the hills just west of the 20 Road (also called 27 Road on some maps). In past years, Greater Sage-Grouse have sometimes been found on the east side of 20 Road, however, none today.

They searched the Oxbow Wildlife Area in Moffat County for Sage Sparrows and Sage Thrashers. Neither were seen. Sometimes Pinyon Jays fly over the evergreens but not today. They did see a flock of 11 Pinyon Jays about two miles east of the Wildlife Area.

No Peregrine Falcons or Great-tailed Grackles were around the Rifle Rest Stop in Garfield County today.

They walked around Cameo (Coal Canyon) in Mesa County for about 2 hours. No Chukar could be found.

Powderhorn Ski Area was quiet also. No American Three-toed Woodpeckers or Northern Pygmy-Owls today.

After dark, they finally found a target bird. Two Boreal Owls were seen at the second pullover south of the Spruce Grove Campgrounds.

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