Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mt. Evans Fall Count

September 12, 2015

Richard Stevens:

Eight of us conducted the Mt. Evans Fall Count today.  The weather was superb.  Cool temperatures (50s) and normal winds (12-16 mph) were measured.

Participants included Richard Stevens, Rebecca Kosten, Bryan Ehlmann, Sue Ehlmann, Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons, Dave King and Mary King.  Not all birds were observed by each observer.

Two White-tailed Ptarmigan were found below the first pullover below the upper parking area.  Another was seen below the eastern side of the upper parking lot.

Bryan and I walked the field east of the Summit Lake Parking area for about three hours.  Only two additional two White-tailed Ptarmigan were added to our list.

Three Brown-capped Rosy Finches were observed flying around the northwest corner of Summit Lake.

Other birds seen from Summit Lake to the top of Mt. Evans: American Pipits, Mountain Bluebirds, Common Ravens, and White-crowned Sparrows.  Bryan and I found two Brewer's Sparrows, which sounded like Timberline Brewer's Sparrows.  Could they nest there?

Bryan and I also hiked from the tree line down to the Campgrounds.  We could not find any Dusky Grouse; however did run into Pine Grosbeaks, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Townsend's Solitaires, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red Crossbills, and Pine Siskins.

The Echo Lake Campgrounds was quite birdy.  They recorded a pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers, a pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers, four Pine Grosbeaks and a Dusky Grouse.

Echo Lake still had seven Barrow's Goldeneyes swimming around (the Goldeneyes nested again this summer south of the lake, we found the active nest earlier in the summer)!

The east side of Echo Lake added Pine Grosbeaks, Lincoln's Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhees, Red-naped Sapsuckers and another Three-toed Woodpecker to the count.

A few Rufous Hummingbirds and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds flew around the Lodge.

Bryan and I stayed well toward midnight in search of owls.  One Northern Pygmy-Owl was heard south of the Campgrounds.  Our only owl of the count.

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