Monday, February 20, 2012

Owling In Jackson & Larimer Counties

February 14, 2012

Bryan Ehlmann and Richard Stevens are snowmobile birding/owling this week in Jackson County. They use the snowmobiles to get 10-20 miles off highway 14 and then snowshoe most the night in search of owls. It sounds like a great adventure.

They have passed the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center each day. 50+ Rosy Finches, three species have been visiting the Visitor's Center feeders. The White-throated Sparrows have eluded them each visit.

As a disclaimer: while this owling is not extremely dangerous, Richard is very familiar with northern Jackson and Larimer Counties. Both have taken avalanche classes and both carry avalanche beacons. One must be aware when hiking in the backcountry in winter.

Sue Ehlmann

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