Saturday, 11 April 2015

Day 5 - Mountain Birding

This morning we started off just a couple of miles from our hotel in an area of residential houses who have feeders. Unbelievable since myself and Gina checked it out 5 days ago some thoughtless individuals or a group have been there and upset the residents probably by assuming that had right to walk into their properties and get closer or photograph the birds. So now the residents have put up signs and no one is allowed to view their birds!
We watched the nearby trees and soon managed to find lots of Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, about 40 Brown-capped Rosy Finches and eventually a lone Black Rosy-Finch. There were also about 4 Pine Grosbeaks, Red Crossbill, a Gray Jay, Steller's Jays, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk that kept scaring everything off. I didn't manage to get photos today so here are some of the Rosy Finches I took when we checked the area out 5 days ago.
 Brown-capped Rosy Finches on feeder
 Brown-capped Rosy Finch feeding on ground
 Black Rosy Finch
 Black Rosy Finch
 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
 Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
We left the Rosy Finches and headed up to Loveland Pass where after an hour of searching we eventually found a White-tailed Ptarmigan and everyone enjoyed prolonged scope views as this pure white bird sat amongst some shrubs in the pure white snow.
Moving on again we saw Mountain Bluebirds, a few raptors, Bald Eagle and in a small town full of Cotton Trees we enjoyed superb views of two Lewis's Woodpeckers.
 Lewis's Woodpecker

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