Friday, February 26, 2016

Owling In Park County

February 25, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I spent the day in Park County searching for owls.  Temperatures reached close to 50 degrees; winds were 8-12 mph.

The day started out calm and ended with calm winds.  We set up our "owl listening stations" (see "Colorado Field Notes" for details) and continued to drive some of the county roads.

Eventually we found three Northern Pygmy-Owls (Park CR 61 & 96) and one Northern Saw-whet Owl (Tiny Town Area).

We have not listened to the recordings yet.  Owl count possibly will go up.

Northern Pygmy-Owls will not always call in response to recordings.  Quite often, they will give a brief contact call. 

Northern Saw-whet Owls in my experience will not call or contact.  They will approach a recording.  One has to be in the vicinity in order to see them.

We also found American Three-toed Woodpeckers at two locations (CR 61 & Michigan Creek Road).  A few Rosy Finches were around feeders in Jefferson.

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