Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Davenport on Grouse Trips 4/14

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 14, 2011

The CoBus trip started in Blizzard conditions at the 20 Road Sharp-tailed Grouse lek near Hayden in Routt County. No grouse were seen and they headed south toward Rifle.

Two hours were spent at Coal Canyon, Cameo in Mesa County. No Chukar were found. Eleven Black-throated Sparrows sang at the closed iron gate down the canyon. Seven Wild Horses, no Chukar were seen up the hill overlooking the creek running through Coal Canyon.

No American Three-toed Woodpeckers or Northern Pygmy-Owls were found at Powderhorn Ski area in Mesa County. Later Richard Stevens and John Top met up with Dick Filby's group at the Grand Mesa visitor's center. Dick's group was late as they found a Northern Pygmy-Owl near the entrance to the Powderhorn Ski Area.

Two Boreal Owls were heard along the Grand Mesa between the Visitor's Center and Spruce Grove Campgrounds. None were seen.

Washburn and Simmons searched for Black Swifts in Ouray County. They are not back yet and not expected until late April or early May. Afterwards, they searched for the previously reported Summer Tanager in Durango.

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