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Antone Springs Block Buster

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  • Brenda Wright
    Greetings, Six birders worked the high elevation (9800 feet) part of the Antone Springs Block on Saturday. Most of the high elevation birds were found
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30 9:23 AM
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      Greetings,
      Six birders worked the high elevation (9800 feet) part
      of the Antone Springs Block on Saturday. Most of the
      high elevation birds were found including a
      Band-tailed Pigeon and Three-toed Woodpecker. Towards
      evening the birders that were going to camp Saturday
      night and bird Sunday drove to the lower part of the
      block via Hank's Valley Road, a distance of some 25
      miles. Yes, it is 25 miles to go only 3 miles to the
      other end of the block as most of the block is in
      Little Red Canyon roadless area.
      Just south of the Antone Springs block and along the
      Hank's Valley Rd. a new Purple Martin colony was
      discovered at 8140 feet elevation. One nest hole
      still housed at least two young. At this location two
      Peregrine Falcons were present Saturday evening.
      Five birders worked the lower end of the block on
      Sunday. Ponderosa pines, mid-elevation riparian and
      Gambel Oak birds were pentiful. Six woodpecker
      species were found. Two sites for Lewis's Woodpeckers
      were in dead pines. The block does not have EUST!
      Of the 54 species found in the block 27 were confirmed
      as breeding birds. In Atlas 1, 59 species were found
      but only 20 were confirmed. Another visit in the
      block in late May or early June will add a few more
      species.
      One the way home three more Peregrine Falcons were
      seen north of Norwood Hill. Shorebirds beware! Don't
      stop in Western Colorado.
      Coen and Brenda



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