Pagosa SPrings, Co.
I got to take my long-awaited 'field' trip to Pagosa Springs, Co. this month- (9/8 to 9/18). There are several lakes in the area the locals call reservoirs, rivers, 'Forest access roads', the Navajo St. Pk. which has several parcels of land to visit and just the good 'ol slam- on- those- brakes,- baby -and- pull- over spots! In addition to birds I saw foxes, Red Squirrels, Abert's squirrels, Ground squirrels commonly called 'chipmunks', deer ( some 10 point bucks ), and snakes... Anyway, what a great trip, beautiful scenery and ,of course, BIRDS! Here's my list!
Trumpeter Swan- a released pair started nesting at Vista Lake and the kids migrated, returned, nested, their kids nested,etc. So they have an established wild flock.
Common Merganser- 20 swam past my room off Pagosa Springs Lake every morning
Great blue heron
Black-crowned night heron
Golden eagle- a pr. of 2nd year
N. Bobwhite quail
Northern rough-winged swallow
N. flicker- yellow shafted
Merlin-prairie (oops- forgot you, buddy...)
Stellar's Jay ( Int. west)
Woodhouse's scrub jay
Clark's nutcracker FINALLY! my 3rd try...
White-breasted nuthatch ( Int. West)
Pigmy nuthatch- NOTHING cuter
Blue-gray gnatcatcher- western
Mt. bluebird and 'gray' Mt B.
Wilson's warbler- Int. west
Yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's all over the place there. 'Myrtle's are rare)
Dark-eyed junco- gray headed
Black-headed grosbeak and Pine grosbeak
Almost got caught in a 'Out-of-controlled 'burn- THERE WAS NO SIGN!!! But retreated as soon as the firetruck went roaring by with 5 guys yelling "GET OUT!" O.K. O.K.!
Soaked my paws in so many beautiful mountain streams while I ate lunch or a snack or another snack. Stopped to watch all the beautiful sunsets and then tried to drive home in a downpour in the dark, BUT! the lightning helped light the way...
All in all a GREAT trip!