Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Birds in the Jefferson County Foothills

September 3, 2015

Richard Stevens:

I called around, could not find anyone who wanted to drive up to Indian Hills this morning.  Skies threaten rain off and on (it sprinkled at Indian Hills).  Finally, I drove up to Indian Hills (Jefferson).

Within 10 minutes the Acorn Woodpecker appeared at Penny Corpeny's home (only 2nd Jefferson County Record).  Photos on the Colorado Birding Society's photo library:

She has an interesting yard.  Townsend's Warblers, Virginia's Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and other mountain species visit her yard!

It was early morning when I left so detoured over to nearby Mt. Falcon Park (Jefferson).  A Townsend's Warbler was in the trees just east of the upper parking area.

A walk down the trail heading south from just west of the parking area found a Dusky Grouse.  The bird was west of the path and just north of the steep drop in the trail.

I walked up to the overlook area.  Along the way, a couple of Mountain Bluebirds fluttered around the open area.  Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers were where the trail entered the forest.

Two Red Crossbills were observed high in the pine trees.

A search around the Tiny Town parking area did not find any Northern Pygmy or Northern Saw-whet Owls today.

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