Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trip to Summit and Clear Creek Counties

October 19, 2012

Richard Stevens:

I took two Canadian birders to Summit County to search for mountain birds.  Rosy Finches are starting to come to lower elevations and we found a few.  Coming from eastern Canada, they were able to see 9 or 10 lifebirds (Pine Grosbeak, Pygmy Nuthatches, Clark's Nutcrackers, 3 species of Rosy Finches, Mountain Chickadees, etc.).

We searched unsuccessfully for White-tailed Ptarmigan on Loveland Pass.  There was little snow on the Pas, which made finding a Ptarmigan quite difficult.  Looking for their tracks and following those to the birds is the best technique for success.

A stop at Red Rocks Park (Jefferson) on the way back to Denver added a Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Western Scrub-Jays and Spotted Towhees to our day list.

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