Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Trip to Steamboat Springs

May 27, 2019

Richard Stevens:

High temperature today was 60 degrees in Steamboat Springs; of course much colder on Rabbit Ears Pass and the Greater Sage-Grouse Leks.

Rebecca and I headed up to Steamboat Springs (Routt) hoping the Prothonotary Warbler was still there.  It provided nice views at its previously reported spot along the Yampa River between the Botanic Garden and the Osprey nesting pole!

On the return trip, we stopped several locations of interesting birds.  No Sharp-tailed Grouse were found along the Fish Creek Road loop this trip.  It is getting late for them to still be on their wintering grounds.

Rabbit Ears Pass was more exciting.  We parked on the maintenance shed road.  Playing a recording produced a response from a female American Three-toed Woodpecker.  She flew back and forth across the road several times.

We then walked up the main road and found a flock of crossbills.  Six Red Crossbills had a pair of White-winged Crossbills with them.

We wandered around until an hour before sunset.  Greater Sage-Grouse were still coming to the Jackson County Road 26b leks!

Several stops at the numerous picnic and Campgrounds along highway 14 to listen for owls regrettably did not find any this trip.

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