Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Back to the Mountains

February 7, 2012

Richard Stevens:

We received another "dusting" of snow overnight. In the past when I skied several dozen times a season, I found that if it was snowing in Denver, the weather in the mountains were usually clear. This was not the case today. When we reached Evergreen and Idaho Springs, it was still snowing.

David Bowman and I continued to Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County) only to find the road temporarily closed. We continued into Summit County in search of some mountain birds.

A quick stop at the Blue River Water Treatment Plant (Summit) did find a dozen Barrow's Goldeneyes were still there.

We did manage to find a few Rosy Finches, Pine Grosbeaks and other mountain species. Then we returned to Loveland Pass, which was now open.

Unfortunately, our luck continued to be not so good. Windy and foggy conditions impaired our search for White-tailed Ptarmigan. Eventually we returned to Denver without a Ptarmigan sighting.

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