Saturday, December 26, 2015

Jackson County Birding (some Larimer County)

December 20, 2015

Bryan Ehlmann:

Richard Stevens and I headed to Gould and Jackson County after the Bonny Reservoir Christmas Count.

We found a Boreal Owl at the Crags Campgrounds (Jackson) just before midnight (12/19).

An hour before sunrise we drove Jackson County Road 26 & 26b.  Two Greater Sage-Grouse were found walking along CR 26, just north of CR 26b!

Twenty Rosy Finches (mostly Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, two Brown capped, no Black) were at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.

A male American Three-toed Woodpecker was found drumming in the woods north of Highway 14 & the Visitor's Center.

We failed to find any American Dippers along the South Fork of the Michigan River.  A Northern Pygmy-Owl at the southern Campgrounds was a great consolation.

After dark, we heard Boreal Owls at Ranger Lakes and just west of Cameron Pass!

We stopped at the many Campgrounds and picnic areas along Highway 14 in Larimer County on the drive back to Fort Collins and Denver.

Northern Pygmy-Owls were found at Stevens Gulch & Stove Prairie Landing!

A Northern Pygmy-Owl & Northern Saw-whet Owl were found up Rist Canyon.

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