Antone Springs Block Buster
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
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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