Sunday, December 11, 2011

Some More Owling & A Pine Warbler

December 8, 2011

Richard Stevens:

Starting yesterday a little before sunset, Bryan Ehlmann and I snowshoed Michigan Ditch Road. Round trip we went about 6 miles. For those attempting, it is quite a strenuous trek. Good physical conditioning and snowshoe skills are a must. Especially if attempting in the dark.

There are two places where an avalanche is a slim chance. While rare at night, they can occur. Both of us are aware of the locations (and pass through them rapidly, they are not very wide). In addition, both of us carry avalanche beacons.

Eventually, we heard 2 Boreal Owls (at least 2.6 miles south of highway 14).

In the morning, we snowshoed down to the Crags Campgrounds. No owls were found. Not much of anything.

Rosy Finches visited the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center feeders. Other birds included Mountain Chickadees, Cassin's Finches, Pine Siskins, Steller's Jays and a Gray Jay.

We wanted to return to Denver anyway because reports of heavy snowfall at sunset. A text message about a Pine Warbler near Cherry Creek State Park, hastened our plans.

We arrived at Becky Campbell's home just about sunset. A peek through her fence on the north side of the house allowed us to see the Pine Warbler visit the suet feeder on two occasions before dark.

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