Thursday, June 23, 2011

Park, Montrose & Las Animas Counties

June 22, 2011

Rebecca Kosten: I do not have a google account and am using Richard Stevens’.

Richard Stevens and Jerry Petrosky continued their South Park birding. Yesterday afternoon, they found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker up Michigan Creek Road in Park County. It was in the woods near the traditional site (see CoBus website for details:

At dusk, they walked south up the road from the Three-toed Woodpecker site and saw two Dusky Grouse on the south side of the road near the switchbacks. After dark, they heard a Northern Pygmy-Owl between the grouse and the woodpecker.

This morning, they walked around Buffalo Springs Campgrounds, Park County and found a male Williamson's Sapsucker and Hermit Thrush.

Later they hiked a mile along Rough and Tumbling Creek located west of the Campgrounds. Five Red Crossbills, two Belted Kingfishers and three species of nuthatches all indicated nesting behavior.

The trio of reservoirs near Highways 24 & 285 was slow, no uncommon birds to report. Trout Creek Pass had another flock of Red Crossbills and a pair of Pine Grosbeak.

After dark, they found two Northern Saw-whet Owls on BLM near the Buena Vista Overlook in Chaffee County.

In other news: Bryan & Sue Ehlmann found a Black Phoebe along the San Miguel River, just south of the Uravan Bridge. Both a Broad-tailed Hummingbird and Black-chinned Hummingbird were also found in Montrose County.

Jacob Washburn & Ray Simmons found Hammond's Flycatchers and a Northern Saw-whet Owl at Lake Dorothey Wildlife Area in Las Animas County. No Acorn Woodpeckers reported.

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