Friday, November 18, 2016

Owling Near Twin Cone Peaks

November 16, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry was up for it; so we drove up to Kenosha Pass (Park County) and hiked into the Twin Cones Trail.  Winds were less than 5 mph; temperatures reached the high 50s (great for this elevation).

Three "owl listening stations" were set up in areas where Northern Saw-whet Owls were expected.  Then we walked back and forth between them from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Unfortunately, no Saw-whet Owls were sighted.  Later listening to the recordings, I found no evidence that Saw-whet Owls were around that night.

Two Northern Pygmy-Owls were heard east and west of the trailhead.

Next morning we stopped at Kenosha Pass west Campgrounds.  No owls were found at civil twilight.  An hour after sunrise we did encounter an American Three-toed Woodpecker!

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