Tuesday, December 20, 2016

North Park Survey

December 17-18, 2016

Richard Stevens:

Terry Michaels and I got an early start this morning.  We drove the Coalmont area in search of Greater Sage-Grouse.  Eventually two were observed walking along Jackson County Road 26 at 0.3 miles north of CR 26b.

Back at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center, we found only one Brown-capped Rosy Finch.  No additional Rosy Finches were observed here during the several stops made during the day.

The male American Three-toed Woodpecker was again observed north of the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center (north of Hwy 14).

Better fortune was found at a friend's ranch.  Several hundred Rosy Finches (three species) came to her feeders.  Two Red Crossbills, three species of nuthatches and Mountain Chickadees were also added to our list.

We searched for Northern Goshawks and Gyrfalcons in the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (Jackson); without success.

After dark, we again heard the Boreal Owl just west of Cameron Pass.

Early Sunday morning, a Boreal Owl was "conjured up" at Ranger Lakes.  Terry needed to return to Denver, we had not time to bird on the return trip.  Roads were not good.

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