Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Short Two Day Grouse Trip

Richard Stevens:

February 29, 2021

Frank and Ann Oliver, Bryan Ehlmann and I returned to Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County) today. The pass had been closed for the last 5 days because of snow and blowing snow.

After a 3 hour search, we found a pair of White-tailed Ptarmigan below the eastern side of the summit. Look around the ragged rocks several 100 meters below the summit.

Three species of Rosy Finches and several other mountain species were found in Silverthorne. A dozen Barrow's Goldeneyes remain at the Blue River Water Treatment Plant.

Our birding day ended on Jackson County Road 26. The road was blocked by snow and mud and as a result, we had to walk up it. The task was worthwhile as we found 4 Greater Sage-Grouse. They were not displaying; at least we found them. Our shoes were thick with mud by the time we returned to our vehicle.

March 1, 2012

Our troupe found Rosy Finches (no Blacks) and the White-throated Sparrow at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center this morning.

We drove through the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (what parts could be traveled). Hawks included Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Rough-legged Hawks, and 5 Golden Eagles. Unfortunately, no Gyrfalcons were sighted.

Many Greater Sage-Grouse tracks were found, unfortunately no birds.

A pair of moose delighted our guests.

After dark, we heard and finally got to see a Boreal Owl near Cameron Pass.

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