Saturday, December 31, 2011

Trip Around North Park

December 29, 2011

Richard Stevens:

After a few "wink's, Bryan and I attempted to get to the old Teller City Ghost town (Jackson County). Even with a 4 wheel drive, we were left with an 10-12 mile snowshoe or cross country ski trip (one way).

Deciding against that, we visited the feeders behind the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center. Several hundred Rosy Finches, Pine Grosbeaks, Mountain Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Steller's Jays, White-crowned Sparrows and Downy Woodpeckers were enjoyable to watch.

We searched unsuccessfully for American Three-toed Woodpeckers at Ranger Lakes. Then stopped by a friend's ranch. Close to a thousand Rosy Finches were visiting his feeders!

Three-toed Woodpeckers and any crossbills were missed at Rabbit Ears Pass. No waxwings were found around Steamboat Springs and Lake Catamount. Two Sharp-tailed Grouse were found at a private yard!

With a couple of hours of daylight left, we snowshoed into the Colorado State Forest. About an hour after civil twilight were turned around and headed back out.

Surprisingly, few winds were blowing tonight. The sound of our snowshoes breaking the snow hardly covered up the sounds of the forest. The sliver (quarter) of moon appeared to light up our way. The number of stars appeared infinite. A trek through the forest is always quite pleasurable. Many birds called throughout the night. As a bonus, Boreal Owls were heard at two locations!

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