Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Finishing the Gunnison/Ouray Bird Breeding Survey

June 27-28, 2013

Richard Stevens:

June 27
Bryan Ehlmann and I continued our Bird Breeding Surveys on the Ouray side of Owl Creek Pass.  Snow is melting fast; a few muddy spots and rocky areas suggest that a 4 wheel drive is best to wander in this area.

Best birds were a pair of White-winged Crossbills north of Owl Creek Pass Road (Ouray County Road 8) and County Road 8 H (before the road turns into Forest Road 859.

We ran into one American Three-toed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsuckers, a Williamson's Sapsucker, Swainson's Thrushes, a Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a sooty Fox Sparrow.  The only hummingbirds seen were Broad-tailed.

After dark, we set up our "owl listening stations".  Two Boreal Owls were caught on the recordings.  They were the only owls found.

June 28
Today Bryan and I dropped down to Ouray.  Two Black Swifts were observed flying over Box Canyon Falls.  We found several nests (which appeared empty).

Owling this night was a bust.

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