Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gunnison Cty: Sapinero Mesa & Cimarron Pass

Amy Davenport: transcript of telephone call:

July 8, 2019

Terry and I (Richard) drove south of highway 50 down highway 149 and Sapinero Mesa.  Highlight was a Gunnison Sage-Grouse on the side of Gunnison CR 26 near the Cutoff, west of Indian Creek.

The BLM land at Sapinero Mesa added three American Three-toed Woodpeckers and a pair of Williamson's Sapsuckers.  A Grace's Warbler was observed near the Cutoff.

We walked around Gateview at CR 25 and were rewarded with Black-throated Gray Warblers and another American Three-toed Woodpecker.

A flock of Pinyon Jays flew around Alpine Plateau.  Owling was nice tonight.
Alpine Plateau: two Flammulated Owls, one Northern Pygmy-Owl
Elk Creek: Northern Pygmy-Owl
Indian Creek ("owl listening stations"): Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl

July 9, 2019

Birded Cimarron Pass in Gunnison County today. Highlights:

Cimarron Campgrounds: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Dusky Grouse and American Three-toed Woodpecker

Silver Jack Campgrounds: Hooded Warbler (sixth time in seven years), Dusky Grouse (adult, two young), pair Williamson's Sapsuckers, American Three-toed Woodpecker, two Flammulated Owls (heard only)

Beaver Lake: Northern Saw-whet Owl ("owl listening stations")
Big Cimarron Campgrounds area: Flammulated Owl

Fish Creek Reservoir: Flammulated Owl (seen), Northern Pygmy-Owl (heard)

Forest Road 858: Flammulated Owl

Owl Creek Pass was closed at top and road had several snowdrifts.  We did not make it to the summit.

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