Friday, February 13, 2015

A Good Day of Mountain Birding

February 12, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Bryan Ehlmann, Lenny Tyler, Linn Henderson and I headed into the mountains today.  It was another great Colorado winter day.

Winds at Loveland Pass were "normal"; anemometer readings 26 mph, gusts to 32 mph.  We eventually found two White-tailed Ptarmigan below the western side of the Summit.  The Ptarmigan could not be seen from the top of the trail.  We had to walk to the south and scope back below the hill when the trail turned west (not the first time I have found them at this spot).

After finding Rosy Finches in Summit County and six Barrow's Goldeneyes at the Blue River Water Treatment Plant, we detoured to Pine Valley Ranch Park and Reynolds Park (Jefferson County).

An American Three-toed Woodpecker was found near the intersection of the Buck Gulch and Strawberry Jack Trails.  Next, we headed to Reynolds Park.  One Northern Pygmy-Owl was heard; however, we were not able to see it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing us the Ptarmigan Rich. We would not have found them on our own. Len