Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Final Grouse Trip Day 2

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

May 17, 2011

Day two of the CoBus Grouse trip started at the 80 Route Road north of Hayden in Routt County. Two Dusky Grouse displayed at the second cattle guard (see CoBus website for additional information:

Farther north, eleven Greater Sage-Grouse displayed at their lek. Finally, eight+ Sharp-tailed Grouse were displaying near the Wildlife Area past the third cattle guard. The name was garbled on the phone message?

Later they drove over to the 20 Road Sharp-tailed Grouse lek and found three Sharp-tailed Grouse still displaying.

From the parking lot for the Oxbow Wildlife Area in Moffat County, they saw two Sage Sparrows and heard at least another four. Several Sage Thrashers also were seen.

They allotted only one hour for a Chukar search in Coal Canyon in Mesa County. None was found. Nine Black-throated Sparrows sang around the closed pipe gate up the Cameo Road.

They found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker behind the maintenance shed at Powderhorn Ski Area in Mesa County. A Northern Pygmy-Owl called from south of the building at the ski area entrance.

After dark, they found two Boreal Owls at the first two pullovers south of Spruce Grove Campgrounds. One of the owls was actually seen.

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