Friday, February 1, 2013

Another Trip Into the Mountains

January 31, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Michael Berg and I headed to the mountains today.  Temperatures never reached 40 degrees; winds were 8-10 mph, gusts to 25 mph.  Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County) was not open for the third consecutive day.

After searching for Mountain Species around Silverthorne, we turned toward Kremmling.  Thirty eight Barrow’s Goldeneyes were on the Blue River Water Treatment Plant (Summit County) as we passed by.

Several hundred Common Redpolls were found in Kremmling (most at Gore Street and Eagle Street).  At least two possible Hoary Redpolls were found at the Gore Street site!  Only two Gray-crowned Rosy Finches were found anywhere in town.

American Three-toed Woodpeckers and White-winged Crossbills were missed at several stops on Rabbit Ears Pass.  Winds were 14 mph, gusts to 26 mph.

Several Common Redpolls were found in Steamboat Springs (Hilltop Parkway) while searching for Bohemian Waxwings.  Unfortunately, no Bohemian Waxwings were encountered.

A lone Sharp-tailed Grouse was also added to our trip list before we headed to the Colorado State Forest (Jackson County).  About 60 Rosy Finches (no Blacks) were coming to the Colorado State Forest Visitor’s Center feeders.  The White-throated Sparrow did not appear.

Winds were surprisingly milder (6-8 mph) at Cameron Pass (Jackson).  Two Boreal Owls were heard just west of the Summit (without the aid of any recordings).  Regrettably, neither was observed.

No additional Boreal Owls were found at the entrance to the Crags Campgrounds or the upper parking area for Joe Wright Reservoir (Larimer County).

Stops at four of the Campgrounds/Picnic Areas along Highway 14 (on the way to Fort Collins) were not successful in locating any Northern Pygmy-Owls.

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