Saturday, February 20, 2016

Loveland Pass and Barr Lake State Park

February 20, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Never old, another nice winter day in Colorado.  Every day like today is one less cold wintry day! 

On the plains the temperature reached 62 degrees.  Winds were 11 mph, gusts to 29 mph.  A little cold but still nice.

Terry Michaels, Randy Chrisman, Jay Bays and I started our day at Loveland Pass (Clear Creek County).  We scoped the hills for a little over 2.5 hours before finding a pair of White-tailed Ptarmigan.

Saturday is never the best day for a search.  Too many skiers hitch rides to the top and ski down, avoiding the ski area lift tickets. 

Eventually we found the Ptarmigan underneath the evergreens on the east side of Hwy 9, across from the first large pullover south of the Summit.

We dropped down into Silverthorne and found three species of Rosy Finches.  Four Barrow's Goldeneyes were on the Blue River Water Treatment Plant (Summit).

After dropping the others off, I ended up at Barr Lake (Adams) around 4:00 pm.  A large group of gulls on the ice off/north of the telescope platform near the Visitor's Center included an adult Thayer's Gull and an adult Mew Gull!

A Common Loon was with hundreds of Common Mergansers, a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers in the southern half of the lake.

Thousands additional gulls were west of the boat ramp.  A 1st cycle Thayer's Gull was among them.

No Short-eared Owls were found tonight along the DIA Owl Loop.  The Burrowing Owl was not around/out at Trussville Street and 114th Avenue.

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