Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick Trip to the Mountains, Clear Creek, Summit & Jefferson Counties

June 24, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Ian Reid contacted Rebecca at 11:00 PM Thursday. I read the email at 2:00 AM Friday and we took off for the mountains at 6:00 AM. It was one of the quickest trips put in motion.

Our first stop was Summit Lake on Mt Evans Byway (Clear Creek County). Two White-tailed Ptarmigan (a male & female) were located northeast of the pullover just north of the entrance to Summit Lake. They were approximately 500 yards east of the road. Many American Pipits and a few White-crowned Sparrows were observed. Misses included Brewer's Sparrows (Timberline?).

We walked the north side of Summit Lake and stood at the northwest corner for an hour. No Rosy Finches appeared. Three Mountain Goats did however.

While wandering around Summit County we found 1 Brown-capped Rosy Finch, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 7 Band-tailed Pigeons, 2 Clark's Nutcrackers, 1 Red Crossbill, many Pine Siskins, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches. We were quite fortunate as the Brown-capped Rosy Finch only stayed around for about 15 minutes.

Back at Echo Lake (Clear Creek), we walked the western and part of the southern sides. No American Three-toed Woodpeckers or additional Pine Grosbeak was found. A couple of Lincoln's Sparrow were at the northwest corner.

A walk around the Echo Lakes Campgrounds also was a bust. A few Broad-tailed Hummingbirds visited the feeders at the Echo Lodge.

Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson) was our next stop. A male and female Williamson's Sapsucker were near the top of the park (south of the parking area). Many Pine Siskins flew around the group picnic area.

Our final stop was Mt Falcon Park (Jefferson). A couple of Green-tailed Towhees were below the hill (high point burn area). We found no Dusky Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpeckers or Northern Pygmy-Owls.

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