Saturday, December 22, 2012

Scouting Trip for the North Park Christmas Count

December 11-13, 2012

Richard Stevens

December 11, 2012

We were not going to make the North Park Christmas Count on Friday (12/14) so we drove up to do a little scouting for a couple of days.

A flock of 100+ Rosy Finches were visiting the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center feeders (mostly Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, no Black).  Other birds included Pine Grosbeaks, Cassin's Finches, Pine Siskins, White-breasted Nuthatches, Mountain Chickadees and a pair of Black-capped Chickadees.

After dark I heard a Boreal Owl at the upper Joe Wright Reservoir (Larimer) and another west of Cameron Pass (Jackson).

December 12, 2012

We heard about the Common Redpolls at Cowdrey, north of Walden (Jackson County) and arrived a little after sunrise.  About two dozen of the 58 Common Redpolls reported by Hollowed on 12/11) were fluttering about when we got there.

Walden Reservoir and the lakes at Johns Wildlife Area and Buttes Wildlife Area were frozen.  No uncommon birds were found.  No Rosy Finches could be found around Walden (Jackson).

Ray Simmons and Jacob Washburn came up and we watched the flock of Rosy Finches at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.

After dark, we relocated three Boreal Owls west of Cameron Pass (from the pass to 4 miles west).

December 13, 2012

The flock of Rosy Finches coming to the feeders at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center increased from about 100+ to 160+ today.  A Black Rosy Finch was found among them today.  A Common Redpoll was a pleasant addition to the usual mix of birds.

We spent the rest of the day in Routt County in search of Bohemian Waxwings.  Zero found, but we did find several Sharp-tailed Grouse (private land). 

No Crossbills or American Three-toed Woodpeckers were found on Rabbit Ears Pass (Grand/Jackson Counties).

After dark, we heard a Boreal Owl at the Crags Campgrounds.  When the troop retired, I headed back to Denver and other commitments.

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