Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Perhaps the Last Foray Into the Mountains for 2013

December 2, 2013

Richard Stevens:

Five of us took advantage of the nice weather and returned to Guanella Pass (Clear Creek County).  It took a little over an hour before we found two White-tailed Ptarmigan on the hillside southeast of the upper parking area.

We were not as fortunate at Pine Valley Ranch Park (Jefferson).  No American Three-toed Woodpeckers or Northern Pygmy-Owls were found in a three hour search.

On my way home, I drove the DIA Owl Loop (Adams).  No Short-eared Owls were observed tonight.  Two Northern Harriers, two Red-tailed Hawks, a Ferruginous Hawk and a male American Kestrel wandered around north of the airport.

Weather predictions are for 3-6 inches of snow in the Denver area for Wednesday.  With 12-24 inches predicted for the mountains, birding may be restricted to the plains this week.  High temperatures around 14 degrees, lows -10 degrees, it is going to be a cold one.

One more day/morning a passable weather, winter is arriving.

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