Thursday, April 21, 2011

Grouse Trip 4/18

April 18, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Richard Stevens and John Top returned to the 20 Mile Sharp-tailed Grouse Leks. Rain was pouring down and no Sharp-tailed Grouse visited the lek that we could see.

We did not get out of the rain until reaching Silverthorne (Summit County). It was snowing at Loveland Pass (Clear Creek) and we decided to skip searching for White-tailed Ptarmigan again. I preferred to remember the 3 White-tailed Ptarmigan we found on 4/13; instead of ending our trip with a miss (I was a chicken).

We stopped at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson) which was the highlight of our day. Within 30 minutes at 6:30 pm, the Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 White-throated Sparrows, the Golden-crowned Sparrow and finally the Harris's Sparrow appeared!

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