Thursday, May 19, 2011

Final Grouse Trip Day 4

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 19, 2011

The CoBus Group started the day by counting nine Gunnison Sage-Grouse at the Waunita Hot Springs Lek in Gunnison County.

On the way to Temple Canyon State Park, they relocated the American Three-toed Woodpecker at the second pullover below Monarch Pass in Chaffee County.

Both Gray Vireos and Gray Flycatchers were found at Temple Canyon State Park in Fremont County. Two Evening Grosbeaks along with a Cordilleran Flycatcher were outside the western entrance. Several Juniper Titmouse were just inside the entrance.

A pair of Curve-billed Thrashers was seen at a private yard in Canon City. They did not have time to stop at the Arkansas Riverwalk. They also skipped the Swallows Road in Pueblo County.

They stretched their legs at Rocky Ford Wildlife Area in Otero County. A Lewis's Woodpecker was found on a nest! Other birds seen included a Green Heron, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Vireo and Blue-winged Warbler! They could not find the Rocky Ford Inca Doves.

A Mississippi Kite was found at La Junta City Park. Two Black Rails called at the Old Bent's Fort marsh in Otero County.

Another Black Rail and a Virginia Rail were heard at the Fort Lyons Wildlife Area in Bent County.

Neenoshe Reservoir in Kiowa County had a surprise Piping Plover and 3 Snowy Plovers.

Tempel Grove was not birdy. They did find a Golden-winged Warbler and a female Hooded Warbler.

Lamar Community College in Prowers County was even slower. They did see a pair of Northern Cardinals and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

After dark, they stopped to listen for owls at Two Buttes Reservoir in Baca County. A Barn Owl responded to a recording.

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