Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jefferson County Parks

February 27, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Frank & Ann Oliver and I visited Reynolds Park (Jefferson County) at first light. No Northern Pygmy-Owls called this morning. The park had too much snow to hike up the mountain; instead, we headed over to nearby Pine Valley Ranch Park.

Fortune smiled on us. A male American Three-toed Woodpecker crossed Buck Gulch Trail around 50 yards south of Pine Lake.

Frank wanted a photo so we continued up Buck Gulch Trail to Strawberry Jack Trail in search of another Three-toed Woodpecker.

To our surprise, a Northern Pygmy-Owl was perched in the trees along the gully/stream at the above intersection. That is much better than another Three-toed Woodpecker in my opinion.

We wanted to drive up to Loveland Pass and search for White-tailed Ptarmigan. All the information I could gather (calling CDOT is a pain, no way to get a live person, only recordings that are usually out of date) suggested that Loveland Pass was closed. This makes 6 days in a row that snow, blowing snow and high winds have closed the road. The search will have to wait for tomorrow.

Later I picked up Rebecca and we sat at Star K Ranch Open Space (Arapahoe) for about 1.5 hours. The Harris's Sparrow did not show. Winds were measured at 24 mph with gusts to 32 mph.

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