Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Douglas County Birding

February 28, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Loveland Pass was again closed due to snow and blowing snow. Bryan Ehlmann and I decided to try to relocate the Northern Pygmy-Owl found yesterday at Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson County). No Northern Pygmy-Owl or American Three-toed Woodpecker was found along the Buck Gulch Trail to the switchbacks on the Strawberry Jack Trail. We did not continue farther up the trails.

Instead, we headed to Rampart Range Road and Highway 67. Photos of a male American Three-toed Woodpecker were taken here (20 yards east & 5 yards north of intersection).

The rest of the day and several hours after sunset, we drove around intermittent snowfall in search of owls. I should not post; however, we have found two Northern Pygmy-Owl nesting sites. Please do not ask location, private landowners do not want visitors but do not mind us monitoring the progress.

Beside, I became discouraged by recent disclosures of bird locations that people gave their word they would not divulge.

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