Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jerry Petrosky: Mountain Birding

Hello birders,

August 8, 2012

Five of us birded the Colorado foothills today. Our first stop was Lowell Ponds, Adams County where the Little Blue Heron was walking the eastern shore of Heron Pond.

The bulk of our day was spent on Mt Evans, Clear Creek County. After a grueling 3 hours, a male White-tailed Ptarmigan was finally located by Scott Beers. I was beginning to think we weren't going to find one.

Brown-capped Rosy Finches were at the northwest corner of Summit Lake when several of us walked over there. All five of us eventually were able to see both species.

Five young Barrow's Goldeneyes accompanied the female on Echo Lake. This is a first recorded Clear Creek County nesting record for the listers out there.

Our final stop was Genesee Mountain Park, Jefferson County. A male Williamson's Sapsucker was found at the northwest corner of the building at the group picnic area. He was on his favorite drumming post/telephone pole.

Good Birding!

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Jerry Petrosky, President, Colorado Birding Society
Denver, CO
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