2534Escalante State Wildlife Area lake
- Apr 2, 2008Thanks for the neon birdie, Jacob!!!
The lake at Escalante State Wildlife Area is on G50 Rd. between Hwy 50
and the Gunnison River [Delta County]. There is a gravel pull out on the
W. side of the road.
I stopped there when I was returning from Highline this afternoon
approx. 6:00pm and was glad I did.
FOS Lesser Yellowlegs 
FOS White-faced Ibis 
FOS Sora  when I first scanned the reedy area I thought it looked
just right for rails but only saw 2 coots foraging. When I rescanned two
sora had joined the coots, foraging in the open...cool!
many many ducks mostly Green-winged Teal and Redheads and entirely too
many killdeer [what a racket]
21 Great Blue Herons standing huddled together with their backs to the
water???????????? 3 more were fishing.
Do they roost on the ground? They weren't moving for the 45 minutes that
I was watching. They reminded me of a drawing I once saw of English
barristers dressed in those jackets that they used to wear with the very
long tails. In the picture the barristers [wearing wigs] were standing
huddled like the herons, with their backs to the viewer and their hands
clasped behind their backs. The birds really looked like that!
Barn Owl colony
While I was scanning [hoping for terns] I saw Barn Owl holes in a 'dobe
bank facing me [I was standing on the road]. There are three or more
cavities with very ample whitewash and several others that look like
roosting holes. I found a tall narrow cavity with a BAOW standing in it
facing me!! The hole fit the owl like a package!
I think that this is a PERFECT place for anyone to view Barn Owls in
Delta County. They are on private property, quite far from the road,
can't be disturbed by viewers yet offer good views through scopes. [and
I think they're in the Delta CBC circle]
I'm going to hit Fruitgrowers at dawn tomorrow hoping for those terns,
and the bitterns, and......