Thursday, May 19, 2011

Final Grouse Trip Day 3

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 18, 2011

The CoBus Grouse trip did not drive the whole Colorado National Monument route today. They entered the eastern entrance before sunrise and walked down the Devil's Kitchen trail. The Black chinned Sparrow was heard, but never seen.

They then drove the subdivision outside of the entrance. Here they added a Black-throated Sparrow and several Gambel's Quail to their day list.

They circled around to the western entrance to the Monument and drove up to the Campgrounds. Birds seen included Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit, Black-throated Gray Warblers and 10+ Pinyon Jays.

Their next stop at a private location added a Western Screech-Owl sighting to their list. They continued on to the McInnes Wildlife Area. Their target bird, Chukar was missed. They did see a Black-throated Sparrow, Juniper Titmouse and Sage Thrasher.

A drive up Rabbit Valley found a male Scott's Oriole at Mesa County Roads 1.80 and M.80.

They continued north and found a Long-eared Owl on a nest. Location not to be disclosed. Several western slope birders know where it is.

A drive up Escalante Canyon did not find any Chukar. They also missed Chukar at the Payne cutoff.

A Whimbrel was found at Fruitgrower's Reservoir. I had sent a text message about the Glossy Ibis sighting; they could not find one. Two Lewis's Woodpeckers were below the dam at Evelyn Horn's home.

A Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park in Montrose County, they found two Dusky Grouse before sunset. After sunset, they found a Common Poorwill on the south rim road. No Northern Pygmy-Owls were found.

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