Friday, December 20, 2013

Eight Annual Georgetown Christmas Count

December 14, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Today, seven of us and nine feeder watchers conducted the eighth annual CoBus sponsored Georgetown Christmas Count.  We ended so far, with 56 species.  Final results will be published in a future issue of "Colorado Field Notes".

Note: Dusky Grouse, Snow Geese & Ross's Geese are difficult to find in Clear Creek County.  Jacob noticed a flock of 120+ white geese flying high over Georgetown.  While Harris's Sparrows have been recorded in 6 of the 8 counts.


Bryan Ehlmann and I snow shoed to Guanella Pass and relocated two White-tailed Ptarmigan (below the large rocks on the hill southeast of the upper parking lot).  We found one of the resident American Three-toed Woodpeckers at the Guanella Pass Campgrounds.  Also a difficult find, as they do not move around much in the crisp, cold temperatures.

Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons and Jerry Petrosky had an easier time of it on their White-tailed Ptarmigan search.  They found a pair walking around below the west side Summit (below the wooden fence facing west).

Unfortunately, the only owl found was a Great Horned Owl.  It was not for lack of trying as we searched from sunset to midnight; without success.

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Dusky Grouse
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Gray Jay
Steller's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
American Dipper
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
American Pipit
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
Pine Grosbeak
Cassin's Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

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