Thursday, March 22, 2012

FOS Williamson's Sapsucker, Genesee Mountain Park

March 20, 2012

Richard Stevens:

Merlynn Brown answered the question "is it too early to find Williamson's Sapsuckers in Colorado" when she found a male at Reynolds Park (Jefferson County) yesterday. Rebecca Kosten, Bryan & Sue Ehlmann and I decided to give Genesee Mountain Park (Jefferson) at try.

With 10 minutes of getting out of our car at the Genesee Mountain Park group picnic area, Rebecca spotted a male Williamson's Sapsucker climbing up one of the Ponderosa Pine trees!

The park was quite birdy today. Other birds included Red Crossbills, 3 species of Nuthatches, Mountain Chickadees, and Pine Siskins.

Late in the afternoon, Rebecca and I sat at the Star K Ranch Open Space and watched a feeder that I had carried in the trunk. Shortly before sunset, the Harris's Sparrow made an appearance.

No Burrowing Owls or Short-eared Owls showed along the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).

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