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Birding and Colony Counts, North Park, CO, June 2012

1518 June 2012

Mary Cay Burger and I joined the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) and Legacy Land Trust for a weekend of RMBO ColonyWatch bird counting and visiting Verl and Ann Brown's Owl Mountain Ranch. We were headquartered at the Antler's Inn, Walden, CO. On Sunday, Mary and I drove into Rocky Mountain National Park for two days of hiking and birding. Weather was cool in Walden but 90s and up to 50 mph winds in RMNP.

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3-61712 One of Mountain Chickadee pair feeding young in nest, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


11-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker arrives (09:27:12 am)with food for young in nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


15-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker waits (09:27:14 am) while male looks out of nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


14-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker waits (09:27:14 am) while male exits nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


13-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker waits (09:27:14 am) while male exits nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


18-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker leaves (09:27:22 am) nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


22-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker arrives again (09:35:10 am) at nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


25-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker moves up to next hole (09:35:12 am) and goes in, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


32-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker arrives (09:35:36 am) at nest hole, CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


34-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker looks in nest hole (09:35:38 am) (female is still in hole), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012


38-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker moves down as female looks out of nest hole (09:35:42 am), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

41-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker waits (09:35:44 am) (female is still in hole), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

42-61712 Female Red-naped Sapsucker flies out (09:35:44 am), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

45-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker moves back up to nest hole (09:35:48 am), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

49-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker looks in nest hole (09:35:50 am), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

50-61712 Male Red-naped Sapsucker enters nest hole (09:35:52 am), CO Hwy 125, Mile Marker 7.5, Grand Co., CO, 17 June 2012

53-61612 Leader (on left) of 17 Greater Sage-Grouse seen slowly crossing road and picking up gravel, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

69-61612 Group of 17 Greater Sage-Grouse seen slowly crossing road and picking up gravel, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

84-61612 Chuck Hundertmark and another birder birding Hebron Slough "with cattle", Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

89-61612 Birding Hebron Slough "with cattle", Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

92-61612 Hebron Slough sign is a good scratching post, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

96-61612 Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms looks for "points" with his audience of cattle following along at Hebron Slough, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

102-61612 Eared Grebes building nests at a pond in Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

108-61612 Feeding one of twin calves at Brown family's Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


111-61612 Red Gelbvieh bulls in bull pen at Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


117-61612 Red Gelbvieh bulls in bull pen at Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


4-61612 Verl Brown explains history of old sawmill used to mill pine bark beetle-killed lodgepole pine on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


3-61612 Old sawmill blade used to mill pine bark beetle-killed lodgepole pine on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


9-61612 Lodgepole pine poles from pine bark beetle-killed pines on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


114-61612 New portable sawmill used to mill pine bark beetle-killed lodgepole pine on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


120-61612 Cow moose with very young calf startled near road in Illinois R willows on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


127-61612 Cow moose with very young calf startled near road in Illinois R willows on Owl Mountain Ranch near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


133-61612 Oxytropis sp infrequently spotted in prairie land near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012


202-61612 Golden Eagle nest with one adult and at least one visible eaglet in upper right side of very large cottonwood tree observed from road above valley near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

143-61612 Golden Eagle mate broke branch from cottonwood tree near nest tree, but had to gain altitude by flying over us on road above grove in valley to take it up to nest in large adjoining cottonwood tree, NW of Walden, Verna SWA Rd, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

153-61612 Golden Eagle gaining altitude to take branch up to nest in large adjoining cottonwood tree, NW of Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

187-61612 Golden Eagle flying over us with branch appears to be an adult female, NW of Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

199-61612 Golden Eagle flying over us with branch appears to be an adult female, NW of Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

218-61612 Bull moose in stream near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

218-61612 Bull moose in stream near Walden, Jackson Co., CO, 16 June 2012

 

 

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