Last night Nucla received 8 inches of snow which fell
on top of 3 inches from the night before. This place
has been turned into a is a winter wonderland.
Today Brenda and I drove up 25 Mesa Road to the NF
Boundary to go crosscounty skiing. The road is plowed
the first 5 miles to the end of the payment. The
plowed road is the only bare ground anywhere in sight.
Large flocks of sparrows are attempting to feed along
the road's edge. We looked over the flocks as we drove
along the road. Juncos numbered in the 1000s. There
were several White-crowns and Sage Sparrows present in
the junco flocks. One Lincoln Sparrow was the biggest
surprise. Also present was one Sage Thrasher and one
The storm must have caught the sparrow in migration.
Tomorrow morning I am going to check out some more
roads for birds The snow will say around for a few
days and the birds will be back on the roads again.
Very few cars on the side roads around here makes it
easy to road bird without getting killed.
Happy snow birding,
Coen and Brenda
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