Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trip to Jackson County

November 21-26, 2017

Richard Stevens:

Just so, I have a record of my birding.  A brief summary of Rebecca's and my trip to Jackson County.

November 21, 2017

On the way up, we stopped at Sale Lake in Boulder County.  We relocated the Swamp Sparrow found by Ernest Crvich on 11/20.  No uncommon sparrows found at Teller Lakes #5 parking area. Is the Golden-crowned Sparrow going to return this year?

A Pacific Loon and Common Loon were on Union Reservoir (Weld).  At least one Bonaparte's Gull remained also.

No Boreal Owls were found around the Joe Wright Reservoir parking areas.  Winds were 21+ mph, difficult to hear the soft spoken owls.

November 22

No Rosy Finches visited the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center feeders.  We relocated the male American Three-toed Woodpecker across Hwy 14, north of the Visitor's Center.

A small flock of 42 Rosy Finches was encountered at a friend's ranch.  All three species were represented.

Winds were again strong after dark.  We missed Boreal Owls on Cameron Pass and Crags Campgrounds.

November 23, 2017

We missed Greater Sage-Grouse along Jackson County Roads 26 & 26b.

An American Three-toed Woodpecker was found at Ranger Lakes.  No Rosy Finches at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.

After dark, we walked up Ruby Jewell Road.  A Boreal Owl was heard about 0.4 miles up the gravel road.

November 24, 2017

Another visit to our friend's ranch.  Rosy Finches flock was 46 birds, no Black Rosy Finches today.  No Rosy Finches at the Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.

No Rosy Finches around Walden and no uncommon birds at Walden Reservoir, Johns Lake Wildlife Area and Delaney Buttes Wildlife Area.

November 25, 2017

Leisure day around Gould.  No Rosy Finches found at Colorado State Forest Visitor's Center.  Missed Three-toed Woodpeckers today at Ranger Lakes & Visitor's Center.

November 26, 2017

We rose early and again drove Jackson CR 26 & 26b.  Our fortune was better today.  One Greater Sage-Grouse was observed walking along CR 26.

Rosy Finch flock at friend's ranch was growing to 61 birds, three species represented (with one Black Rosy Finch).

Missed Three-toed Woodpeckers.  Waited until dark and listened for Boreal Owls at Cameron Pass & Joe Wright Reservoir parking areas; none was heard/seen.

We stopped at half a dozen Campgrounds and picnic areas along Hwy 14 on the way back to Fort Collins.  One Northern Pygmy-Owl responded to a recording at Ansel Watrous Campgrounds.

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