Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to Jackson County

August 5-6, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Rebecca and I escaped the heat in Denver with a trip to Jackson County.  It was cooler; however, afternoon storms were not good for our birding.

August 5

We arrived in Jackson County in late afternoon.  A side trip to Red Feather Lakes added a pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers and a male American Three-toed Woodpecker to our trip list.

No Boreal Owls were heard around Cameron Pass (Jackson) after dark.  We drove west to Ranger Lakes where our success improved.  Two Boreal Owl called (responded to recordings) from the southwest corner of the Lakes area.

After Rebecca retired, I could not sleep and drove east to the Crags Campgrounds.  Winds had died down and forest sounds were everywhere.  I enjoyed the hike down to the Campgrounds and along the fire road leading to the south.  A Boreal Owl briefly responded to my recordings.

August 6

Rebecca and I drove Jackson County Road 26 about an hour before sunrise.  Eventually we observed one Greater Sage-Grouse crossing CR 26b approximately 0.6 miles south of County Road 26.

Several Sage Thrashers, many Vesper Sparrows, two Willets and an American Bittern were seen during a drive through the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

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