Saturday, February 16, 2013

Colorado Springs to Penrose

February 13, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Jim Oliver, Matt Spencer and I headed south today.  Our first stop was at Willow Circle and Cheyenne Blvd in Colorado Springs (El Paso County).  It is always nice to start the day with an easy find.  It only took 10 minutes to relocate the Acorn Woodpecker that has been reported in the area since December 15, 2012.

Our next stop was Turkey Creek Ranch (El Paso).  Only one Lewis's Woodpecker was found near the picnic area.  No Williamson's Sapsuckers or Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, which had not been reported for a month.

As we continued to Penrose, we stopped and watched the flock of 150+ Bohemian Waxwings along Highway 115 (first reported by Mark Peterson yesterday)!

We walked around Brush Hollow Wildlife Area (just west of Penrose, Fremont County) for several hours.  A Ladder-backed Woodpecker was below the dam.  Two+ Juniper Titmice were south of the parking area at the west end of the dam.  A flock of 10-12 Bushtits also flew through the area!

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