Monday, May 9, 2011

Grouse Trip Day 3

May 8, 2011

Richard Stevens:

The CoBus group walked the Devil's Kitchen trail in the Colorado National Monument (Mesa) at first light. The Black-chinned Sparrow was heard calling down along the wash.

Gambel's Quails and Black-throated Sparrows were found just outside of the park entrance.

Additional sightings in the park included a Gray Vireo and Gray Flycatcher along the trail north of the Visitor's Center.

Pinyon Jays, Juniper Titmice and Black-throated Gray Warblers were found in the Campgrounds.

No Scott's Orioles were found in Rabbit Valley (south of I70). However, a male Scott's Oriole was found in the canyon along CR M.6 about 300 yards south of CR 0.8.

A Chukar was finally found in Escalante Canyon (Delta). The gallinaceous bird was walking in the rocky hillside north of the main road and 20 yards west of the cattle guard west of the old goat ranch. No Black Phoebes were found anywhere along Escalante Creek.

Confluence Park was slow. The Least Tern reported the day before was not relocated.

Fruitgrower's Reservoir added 3 Red-necked Phalaropes and an American Bittern (cattails at east end) to the trip list. Two Lewis's Woodpeckers were found in the tall cottonwoods next to Evelyn Horn's home below the dam (west of the reservoir).

At dusk, a drive along the south rim self-auto tour at Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park (Montrose) added 2 Dusky Grouse to the trip list.

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