Monday, July 16, 2012

Road to Ouray

July 13, 2012

Gary Weston:

Last night, Richard Stevens heard a Northern Pygmy-Owl at the McClure Pass Campgrounds in Gunnison County. 

Early in the morning, Richard relocated Black Swifts at Box Canyon Falls in Ouray County.  Along the 122-mile route, Richard stopped several times to listen for owls.  None was found at Billy Creek Wildlife Area (Montrose) or Ridgway State Park (Ouray).

Later he joined up with Bryan & Sue Ehlmann and Rebecca Kosten with the goal of reaching Owl Creek Pass from the west side.

While walking around at several locations northwest of Owl Creek Pass they found American Three-toed Woodpeckers at two Locations, Swainson's Thrushes, and a Dusky Grouse.

After complete dark, they found two Boreal Owls near the summit of Owl Creek Pass.  This drive is not recommended for a passenger vehicle.

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