Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grouse Trip Day 3, Mesa, Delta to Montrose 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 26, 2012

Grouse Trip Day Three, the group started by seeing Gambel's Quail at the eastern entrance to the Colorado National Monument, Mesa County. They skipped driving the 20+ mile drive through the monument as it is early for migrating birds. Instead they entered from the western entrance and found Pinyon Jays at the Campgrounds.

Afterwards they drove up Mesa County Road 4. Two Sage Sparrows were found approximately 7.6 miles north of County Road S. Their first Turkey Vulture of 2012 was also seen.

They found a Long-eared Owl at an undisclosed location in Mesa County. Possible nesting could be occurring. A Western Screech-Owl was found at a private yard.

Black Phoebes were missed at Escalante Canyon, Delta County. They also missed Lewis's Woodpeckers at Fruitgrower's Reservoir, Delta County.

Finally, a target bird was found when a Dusky Grouse was on the south rim drive at Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Montrose County. The male grouse was displaying at sunset just west of the entrance station.

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