Sunday, May 1, 2011

Two Day CoBus Owl Trip

April 29, 2011

Richard Stevens:

An out of state birder and I headed for Cameron Pass on an owling trip. Initially six other Colorado birders were to join us. Predictions of much snow required me to ask the Colorado birders to try another time. The out of state birder had no choice but to try on his short trip.

On two trips over Cameron Pass (Jackson/Larimer) we barely could see the front of the car. That was the fifth time in two weeks where I ran into heavy snowstorms over the pass.

We missed Greater Sage-Grouse on Friday evening, but returned to Jackson County Road 26 and watched 32 males display for 10 females! Friday, many birds visited the feeders behind the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center. These included Brown-capped Rosy Finches, Pine Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Cassin's Finches and a few other species.

Friday night we returned to Cameron Pass after a two hour delay because an 18 wheeler had jack knifed and turned over coming down the Jackson County side. We eventually found 3 Boreal Owls!

April 30, 2011

An out of state birder and I searched for Northern Pygmy-Owl and Flammulated Owls after driving through a snowstorm over Cameron Pass.

We did find an American Three-toed Woodpecker at Cow Creek north of Estes Park. It was 40 yards up the trail that leads north of the west side of the research cabins. No Williamson's Sapsuckers were located. No owls were found either.

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