Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grouse Trip Day 4

May 9, 2011

Richard Stevens:

The CoBus group found only 11 Gunnison Sage-Grouse at the Waunita Hot Springs (Gunnison County) lek this morning. We did not stay at the Overlook, but scoped the lek from far to the south (thus avoiding have to stay for a long period of time).

It took only 10 minutes to relocate the American Three-toed Woodpecker at Monarch Pass (Chaffee). Look around the second pullover below the pass, there are many trees and a snag being worked over by the bird(s).

Our next stop was Temple Canyon State Park (Fremont) accessed from Parkdale. Several Pinyon Jays were observed flying over the road into the park.

At the prescribed locations, we found 2 Gray Vireos and a Gray Flycatcher. A flock of Evening Grosbeaks was near the western entrance. A Black-throated Gray Warbler was north of the stream outside of the entrance. Just inside of the entrance, we found 2 Juniper Titmice.

After seeing a Curve-billed Thrasher at a private yard in Canon City, we drove along the Swallows Road (Pueblo) at the west side of Pueblo West. We found another 2 Curve-billed Thrashers and our target bird, a Scaled Quail.

Shrikes (Northern or/and Loggerhead) and Sage Thrashers were not found.

We stopped briefly at Pueblo Reservoir, did not see the Laughing Gull reported previously.

A drive down Burnt Mill Road (Pueblo) did not find Black Phoebes or Eastern Phoebes (both of which have been reported to nest in the area.

Rye Mountain Park added 3 species of nuthatches to our day list. However, no Ovenbirds were found (also reported to nest in the area).

An hour before dark, we parked at South Creek Trailhead. No owls or Three-toed Woodpeckers were found up about 0.5 miles of St. Charles Trail. A Dusky Grouse flew across the road near the South Creek Trailhead.

After dark, we heard 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls at South Creek. We then drove down (north) to Davenport Campgrounds where a Flammulated Owl called. Ophir Creek and Smith Creek Campgrounds were quiet.

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