Sunday, August 25, 2013

Buffalo Pass Road, Routt/Jackson Counties

August 23, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Bryan and my goal today was to conduct bird surveys along Buffalo Pass Road (Routt CR 38) east of Steamboat Springs.

We enjoyed a good day of birding, eventually locating seven American Three-toed Woodpeckers at four locations.  Two at Granite Campgrounds at Fish Creek Reservoir, the others along Buffalo Pass Road, west of the Summit.

Two male White-winged Crossbills were observed flying over Buffalo Pass Road (at 0.6 miles west of the Summit).

A flock of 10-12 Red Crossbills were found when we drove to Summit Lake (Jackson County).  The short 0.7-mile hike to George Lake found our target bird (White-tailed Ptarmigan).  We dropped over to Routt County hoping to find a Ptarmigan in the County also; without success.

After dark, we found a Flammulated Owl in Routt County (near Forest Road 306).  No Boreal Owls showed up on our "owl listening stations".

Owling along Jackson County Road 24 on our return to Gould was not successful (it rained most of the trip).

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