Before I head out on another short trip I thought I’d post about Western Colorado June 17 High Country Birds. This post should have been written two month ago but finding the time in the summer is tough. Between birding, learning butterflies, and work I never seem to wrap up Colorado. And I still have a story or two.
Before I discovered the problem with trying to run the Baxter Pass BBS and ended up doing the Uncompahgre BBS, I had already spent a day on the Uncompahgre Plateau. This in reflection turned out to be a good thing since, even though I didn’t mean it to be, it was a good scouting trip.
One of the main goals of the trip was to put to bed some of the local birds, both visually and photographically, I had missed on previous trips. And I luckily took care of several of them early on the first day.
I was hoping for a decent photo of a Black-headed Grosbeak on the trip. Mission accomplished at the second stop.
Same stop, other side of the road. A male Western Tanager singing and moving through the trees. I’m sure I’d heard one in Oregon years ago and previously in Colorado, but it didn’t go onto the life list until this guy.
And back across the road again. I really wanted a good view of a Scrub-Jay. This Roodhouse’s variety was quite obliging.
Down the road I noticed this sign. I had known the Telephone Trail was the spot for owls, and now I knew where to go. This is a few miles from the start of the BBS route. So next year up at 3AM for owls!
The rest of the day I had a few other stops that will get their own posts, but here are a few more photos to wrap this one up.
A Brewer’s Blackbird teed up nicely. Of course I thought it was a Common Grackle at first. And maybe second… It might have taken eBird to finally make me decide.
Yes, the branch is in the way, but I like how the Green-tailed Towhee’s colors shine in the morning light.
And lastly a Dusky Flycatcher that was nesting nearby. I heard it calling, got a photo, and watched it take food back to the nest. I don’t usually get that lucky.