Monday, May 9, 2011

Grouse Trip Day 2

May 7, 2011

Richard Stevens:

At sunrise, 8 Sharp-tailed Grouse were seen at the 20 Road Leks south of Hayden (Routt County). A quick stop at the 80 Route Road confirmed that the road was still not passable even with a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

The long detour to Oxbow Wildlife Area (Moffat) was fruitful. Three Sage Sparrows were observed singing atop the sagebrush.

A stop at Cameo (Mesa) did not find any Chukar and the trip continued up the Grand Mesa (Mesa).

A dusk, Powderhorn Ski area was combed for American Three-toed Woodpeckers and owls. About 30 minutes after sunset. A Northern Pygmy-Owl was found behind the building at the entrance to the ski area!

A Boreal Owl was relocated where Leo Miller had heard one the night before (at the Mesa Trailhead). Like the night before, the Boreal Owl called spontaneously. Another 2 Boreal Owls were heard along pullovers south of the Spruce Grove Campgrounds. Both of these were calling with the aid of a recording.

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