Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Western Slope Surveys Continue

July 10-12, 2017

The CoBus western slope breeding survey continues:

July 10

They split into two groups today.

Group A (rste, tmit, dkin, bmar) birded north of Grand Junction.  They missed their target bird, Scott's Oriole at several traditional locations.  No Chukar or Black Phoebes were found at Horsethief Canyon Wildlife Area.

Two Sagebrush Sparrows and a Long-eared Owl were relocated at Brewster's Ridge.  Late in the day, they found a Northern Saw-whet Owl and three Flammulated Owls at Douglas Pass.

Group B (rkos, sehl, jwas, rsim) went to the Colorado National Monument.  Black-throated Sparrows and two Gray Vireos were at the Devil's Kitchen area.  No Black-chinned Sparrows were reported this year.

A Cassin's Kingbird was found in the Glade Area.  The Campgrounds area added Black-throated Gray Warblers, Juniper Titmice, White-throated Swifts, Pinyon Jays and a Gray Flycatcher.

July 11

Group A (rste, tmit, jwas, rsim, dkin, bmar) started at Coal Canyon, Mesa County.  They found five Chukar on the hill south of the pipe gate at the main parking lot.  At least six Black-throated Sparrows were around the parking lot.  Farther west, they saw two Sagebrush Sparrows. 

On the way to the Grand Mesa, they relocated the Least Flycatcher at Collbran. 

Group B (rkos, sehl)

The groups joined and search much of the night in search Owls.  They found an American Three-toed Woodpecker at Powderhorn Ski Area.  Owl count in Mesa County was two Northern Saw-whet Owls, two Northern Pygmy-Owls and seven Boreal Owls.

In Delta County, owl count was just four Boreal Owls.

July 12

Group A (rste, tmit, jwas, rsim) stayed on the Grand Mesa, Delta County section.

A Northern Goshawk flew up Y35 Drive (near Visitor's Center).  An American Three-toed Woodpecker was farther up the road.

Two Purple Martins were seen flying around Little Bear Campgrounds.

Along Highway 65, east of the Visitor's Center 0.7 miles they saw a pair of White-winged Crossbills.  Before dropping down off the Grand Mesa they counted three Dusky Grouse.

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