Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rain Continues Flat Tops Wilderness Area

August 11-12, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcripts of telephone call:

Rain continues to be the story of the guys' owling trip to Garfield County.  They stayed at Sweetwater Lake, Garfield County one night and Hack Lake the second.

Highlights at Sweetwater were a Barrow's Goldeneye and Purple Martins (151 road).  The winch on their jeep came in handy a second time this trip as the top of 151 road was almost impassable.

The weather looked better Monday and they hiked up to Hack Lake in Garfield County.  Unfortunately, a storm blew in after dark.  No owls, the highlight were a pair of White-winged Crossbills on the hike to the lake.

Three American Three-toed Woodpeckers and a family of four Dusky Grouse were also seen.  They were surprised when a male Calliope Hummingbird came to visit the feeder they had put out.

On the hike out on the 13th, they found a Northern Pygmy-Owl along Hack Creek!

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