Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Davenport on Grouse Trips 4/17

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 17, 2011

The CoBus group started the day watching nine Greater Prairie-Chickens at the Yuma County 45 Lek. Then they headed to Pawnee National Grasslands in Weld County.

A stop at Dyers Driveway located 0.6 miles east of Highway 14 and County Road 51 found five Burrowing Owls and a Long-billed Curlew.

More Burrowing Owls were found along CR 51 between Highway 14 and CR 90. Three Burrowing Owls were at CR 51 and CR 90.

A drive along CR 96 between CR 77 and CR 67 found a Mountain Plover and many McCown's Longspurs.

They called the highlight of their trip along CR 96. Two Sprague's Pipits were only 10 to 20 feet north of CR 96. They photographed the birds just east of the first cattle guard east of CR 63.

Their next stop was the burn area CR 51 to 49 X CR 90 X 86. Only one Mountain Plover was found.

On the way to Highway 85 and CR 114, they counted 4 Loggerhead Shrike, a Prairie Falcon, a pair of Ferruginous Hawks on a nest and 5 Red-tailed Hawks.

A Chestnut-collared Longspur in breeding plumage was found in the field southeast of Highway 85 and CR 114. Richard said winds were 32 mph, gusts to 44.

The drive through Fort Collins up Cameron Pass was interesting. They again ran into blizzard conditions six miles either side of Cameron Pass, Larimer/Jackson Counties.

A quick stop at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center found 2 Brown-capped Rosy Finches. The ranger stated that occasionally a Black Rosy Finch also was seen.

Richard Stevens and John Top searched for Sharp-tailed Grouse on the 20 Road Lek. None was found in pouring rain.

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