Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Grouse Trip Turned Back

March 4, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann and I started out on our first full grouse trip of 2012. Well, it was our second attempt, which would also eventually be turned back because of snowstorms.

Grand Mesa (Highway 65) is closed due to snow. I assume just south of Powderhorn Ski Area (we could not find additional details). Therefore, there was no reason for us to continue with the

Loveland Pass is along the route, so of course we had to make a brief stop. Fortune shined! We found a pair of White-tailed Ptarmigan below one of the evergreens east of highway 9, across from the first pullover west of the highway and south of the Summit. Where were these birds yesterday?

We searched for American Three-toed Woodpeckers along the route through North Park. No Three-toed Woodpeckers or White-winged Crossbills were found on Rabbit Ears Pass today.

After sunset, we watched six Greater Sage-Grouse at the Jackson County 26 Road leks.

After dark, we walked Cameron Pass (about a mile both east and west). Only one Boreal Owl called this night.

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