Sunday, April 8, 2012

Another Grouse Trip, Day Three

April 8, 2012

Rebecca Kosten;

Grouse Trip Third Day

The group started with a visit to the Colorado National Monument, Mesa County. Gambel's Quail were found outside of the eastern entrance. The eastern entrance is preferred as it keeps the sun at their back during the early morning drive.

They stopped at the Devil's Kitchen trail first stop inside of the entrance. No Black-chinned Sparrows or vireos were found. Two Black-throated Sparrows were singing.

Few birds were found until they reached the Campgrounds. Pinyon Jays and Tufted Titmice were found around the Campgrounds.

Sage Sparrows were along Mesa County Road 4 at approximately 7.6 to 8.4 miles north of County Road S.

A Western Screech-Owl was found at a private yard near Fruita. A pair of Long-eared Owls a few miles farther north.

A Bonaparte's Gull flew around Highline Lake State Park.

They searched unsuccessfully for Chukar up Escalante Canyon, Delta County. One Black Phoebe was between the Gunnison River and Pinnacle Rock.

They finally found a Chukar east of Fruitgrower's Reservoir, Delta County. After a two-hour search one was seen in the cultivated fields up on the plateau area on the way to the Cutoff.

A Lewis's Woodpecker was spotted west of Evelyn Horn's home below Fruitgrower's Reservoir.

At the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Montrose County, they walked the closed road going north of the entrance kiosk. On the return trip, they found a Dusky Grouse about 200 yards north of the gate.

Another Dusky Grouse was along the South Rim Drive at 600 yards west of the kiosk.

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