Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Georgetown Christmas Count

December 16, 2016

Richard Stevens:

As part of the CoBus sponsored eleventh, Georgetown Christmas Count Terry Michaels and I snow shoed to the top of Guanella Pass.  This required a little over 3 mile round trip. 

Temperatures were fair for Guanella Pass, around 20 degrees.  Fortunately, the wind was less than 20 mph.  I have done this trip in the past with winds in excess of 50 mph.

Our efforts were rewarded with a sighting of 31 White-tailed Ptarmigan just below the summit!  Six Brown-capped Rosy Finches circled overhead for several minutes.

Later we found male American Three-toed Woodpecker drumming on a Ponderosa Pine at the Campgrounds.  Other birds in the same area included two male and two female Pine Grosbeaks and a flock of ten Red Crossbills.

The weather went downhill shortly after noon.  We called tomorrow's ninth annual Cameron Pass/Gould Christmas Count off to avoid birders driving on the icy/snowy roads.  Terry and I however, headed to Gould by way of Kremmling.

No Rosy Finches were found in Kremmling or Sulphur Springs. 

After dark, we relocated a Boreal Owl just west of Cameron Pass!

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