Friday, August 19, 2016

Superb Day in Boulder County

August 16, 2016

Jacob Washburn, Ray Simmons, Terry Michaels and I headed to Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park before sunrise.

Eventually we relocated a Stub-tailed Wren near Ouzel falls.  The wren only allowed several short views.  We did not have enough input to distinguish it from a Pacific or Winter Wren.

Later we hiked the road from Copeland Lake west for a mile or so.  Other birds found included two American Three-toed Woodpeckers a Williamson's Sapsucker pair, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers.

Late in the afternoon, we hiked Mesa South trail up Shadow Canyon.  We enjoyed a good owling trip.  Final count was Eastern Screech-Owl (along South Boulder Creek), two Northern Pygmy-Owls (Shadow Canyon) and one or two Flammulated Owls (Shadow Canyon).  Misses: Northern Saw-whet Owls could not be found.

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