Saturday, August 3, 2013

A 4-Wheel Drive Challenge, Engineer Pass

July 21, 2013

Richard Stevens:

A better challenge today, we drove to Ouray by way of Engineer Pass (the last five miles are a doozy).

Our first detour, Nellie Creek Trail is a major 4 wheel drive road/trail.  About 0.3 miles up the trail we found an adult female and fledgling American Three-toed Woodpecker.

Whitmore Falls did not add a Black Swift to our Hinsdale County trip list.

Another detour, North Fork Cutoff to Cinnamon Pass Road and back was uneventful.

Our arrival at Poughkeepsie Gulch Road was too early for owling.

A pair of Brown-capped Rosy Finches surprised us about four miles outside of Ouray (Ouray County).

We did not want to drive the worse five miles after dark and gave up on owling (besides, it rained of course).

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