Tuesday, February 4, 2014

American Three-toed Woodpecker and Northern Pygmy-Owl Searches

February 4, 2014

Richard Stevens:

It snowed most of the day.  Winds were 6 mph, gusts to 10 mph.  Ryan Purefoy and James Lee had one more day to bird in Colorado (before heading back to Missouri).

We left Denver about an hour before sunrise and drove the snowy roads to Sedalia and highway 67 south.  Stops at several locations where waypoints (Northern Pygmy-Owl sites) had previously been recorded, did not find any owls in the falling snow.

We stopped at Rampart Range Road and Highway 67.  No owls appeared today, however, we did find one of the American Three-toed Woodpeckers that reside in the area (about 60 yards east of Rampart Range Road).

Returning to Denver, we detoured to Lair 'O Bear Park (Jefferson) another location to find Northern Pygmy-Owl.  Again, we had no success.  Two American Dippers worked the icy and cold Bear Creek.

We gave White Ranch Open Space (also Jefferson County) a shot, again coming up short of any Northern Pygmy-Owl sightings.

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