Friday, April 26, 2013

Grouse Trip Day 2

April 25 into 26, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: cell phone transcript:

April 25, Afternoon

After visiting Walden Reservoir, Richard Stevens, Bob and Jan Miller found a female American Three-toed Woodpecker up the road to the maintenance shed at Rabbit Ears Pass, Grand County.

No White-winged Crossbills were found during several stops along the Pass.

Grouse Trip, Day 2

Friday morning, they parked at the 20 Road Leks in Routt County.  Four+ Sharp-tailed Grouse were watched for 30 minutes and they headed to the Coal Bank Gulch State Trust Lands where another four Sharp-tailed Grouse were found.

Unfortunately, the 80 Route Road was still not passable and they continued west to the Oxbow Wildlife Area in Moffat County.

Two Sage Sparrows, three Sage Thrashers and a few Pinyon Jays were seen from the parking lot for the Wildlife Area.  The Wildlife Area itself is closed to protect nesting grouse and other birds.

It only took about 30 minutes for them to find a Chukar in Coal Canyon, Mesa County.  The Chukar was 60 yards west of the closed pipe gate, 40 yards uphill.

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