Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grouse Trip Day 2, Routt to Mesa Counties

Instead of waiting a week for a bird trips to finish and getting reports, I will transcribe telephone reports of current bird trips. Amy Davenport

March 25, 2012

The CoBus Grouse Trip continued as they visited the 80 Route Leks, Routt County before sunrise. As the sun came up, a Dusky Grouse boomed at the 2nd cattle guard up the road. A Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek can be seen from the cattle guard. Greater Sage-Grouse can be heard, but were not seen.

The road still has snowdrifts. A 6-mile hike is required to visit the other Sharp-tailed and Greater Sage-Grouse Leks.

At sunrise, the group drove to the 20 Road Leks. Seven Sharp-tailed Grouse were seen or heard. No Greater Sage-Grouse were heard this year.

No Great-tailed Grackles were found at the Rifle Rest Stop, Garfield County.

They stopped at Cameo a.k.a. Coal Canyon. A Chukar was found along the creek over the northern ridge from the pipe gate parking lot.

The group then drove up the Grand Mesa, Mesa County. A Northern Goshawk and American Three-toed Woodpecker were found south of the Spruce Grove Campgrounds.

After dark, a Northern Pygmy-Owl was found at the Powderhorn Ski Area. Three Boreal Owls called at the pullovers south of the Campgrounds. They saw one of the Boreal Owls at the pullover with the street sign.

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