White-tailed Ptarmigan
 Summit Lake, Mt. Evans

   
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Denver & the Rockies (p.2)
22-26 June 2004
Henry Detwiler

While up in Denver for several days of training, I escaped to the mountains every afternoon and all day on Saturday!
105
species -- bird list is at the bottom of the page
Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

  

At several locations I saw elk, like this herd close to Evergreen.  The antlers were all velvety.  In the nearby meadow Vesper Sparrows were singing.


Elk


American Dipper

Rain threatened to put an end to my birding on Friday afternoon, but it cleared up before sunset.  Dippers and Golden-crowned Kinglets were the highlight at Pine Valley.


Pine Valley

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

On Saturday morning I set out to Mt. Evans, with the first stop on the way being Echo Lake, at over 10,000'.  Birds were out in force and singing when I arrived at 8:00. 

Two female Pine Grosbeaks were feeding next to the lakeshore, and posed for several photos before disappearing into the willows.  Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers, and Lincoln's Sparrows were also singing & calling from the willow tangles.  


Pine Grosbeak


Mt. Evans

In  the picnic area were a few puddles of water where scores of Pine Siskins and lesser numbers of Mountain Chickadees were busily bathing.  This chickadee then landed above the puddle to dry out.  
    


Cordilleran Flycatcher at Echo Lake


Mountain Chickadee

 The only flycatcher that I saw around the picnic area was this Cordilleran.  Before it got crowded, it flew down to the corner of a picnic table and started flycatching just inches away from me.


Summit Lake (12,800')
Sight of: White-tailed Ptarmigan,
Brown-capped Rosy Finch,
White-crowned Sparrow,
& American Pipit


White-tailed Ptarmigan

Once I got up to Summit Lake, I was greeted by cold winds and clouds.  I shouldn't have complained, because before I got too much farther it started hailing, too.  But I persevered, making it to the distant lakeshore, where I saw a single ptarmigan and a single Brown-capped Rosy Finch. 

Back down from the mountain I stopped once more at Echo Lake, and was treated to a small flock of Red Crossbills.  The light was bad, but I managed a diagnostic shot.  The rest of the day I drove around the Mt. Evans Valley, enjoying more spectacular scenery and birds.  And on Sunday, it was back to 105-degree weather in Yuma.


White-breasted Nuthatch



Red Crossbill


Aspen in Mt. Evans Valley


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Mt. Evans and Denver, 22-26 June 2004
 
# Species
1 American White Pelican
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
4 Black-crowned Night Heron
5 Canada Goose
6 Mallard
7 Cinnamon Teal
8 Redhead
9 Common Merganser
10 Swainson's Hawk
11 Red-tailed Hawk
12 American Kestrel
13 White-tailed Ptarmigan
14 Wild Turkey
15 Killdeer
16 American Avocet
17 Spotted Sandpiper
18 Wilson's Phalarope
19 Red-necked Phalarope
20 Turkey Vulture
21 Ring-billed Gull
22 Rock Pigeon
23 Mourning Dove
24 Burrowing Owl
25 Common Poorwill
26 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
27 Belted Kingfisher
28 Red-naped Sapsucker
29 Downy Woodpecker
30 Hairy Woodpecker
31 Northern Flicker
32 Western Wood Pewee
33 Dusky Flycatcher
34 Cordilleran Flycatcher
35 Say's Phoebe
36 Western Kingbird
37 Eastern Kingbird
38 Loggerhead Shrike
39 Warbling Vireo
40 Stellar's Jay
41 Blue Jay
42 Black-billed Magpie
43 American Crow
44 Common Raven
45 Horned Lark
46 Tree Swallow
47 Violet-green Swallow
48 Cliff Swallow
49 Barn Swallow
50 Black-capped Chickadee
51 Mountain Chickadee
52 Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

 
# Species
53 White-breasted Nuthatch
54 Pygmy Nuthatch
55 Brown Creeper
56 Rock Wren
57 House Wren
58 American Dipper
59 Golden-crowned Kinglet
60 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
61 Mountain Bluebird
62 Townsend's Solitaire
63 Swainson's Thrush
64 Hermit Thrush
65 American Robin
66 Gray Catbird
67 Northern Mockingbird
68 European Starling
69 American Pipit
70 Cedar Waxwing
71 Yellow-breasted Chat
72 Macgillivray's Warbler
73 Yellow-rumped Warbler
74 Yellow Warbler
75 Orange-crowned Warbler
76 Virginia's Warbler
77 Wilson's Warbler
78 Western Tanager
79 Spotted Towhee
80 Chipping Sparrow
81 Vesper Sparrow
82 Lark Bunting
83 Savannah Sparrow
84 Song Sparrow
85 Lincoln's Sparrow
86 White-crowned Sparrow
87 Dark-eyed Junco
88 Mccown's Longspur
89 Chestnut-collared Longspur
90 Red-winged Blackbird
91 Western Meadowlark
92 Yellow-headed Blackbird
93 Common Grackle
94 Brown-headed Cowbird
95 Orchard Oriole
96 Bullock's Oriole
97 Brown-capped Rosy Finch
98 Pine Grosbeak
99 Cassin's Finch
100 House Finch
101 Red Crossbill
102 Pine Siskin
103 American Goldfinch
104 Evening Grosbeak
105 House Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler