- Yesterday, Sunday, I drove the length of McElmo Canyon starting in
Montezuma Creek, Utah and ending at the E. end in Montezuma County, Co.
I only saw one dove for the entire length of the road, which I thought
unusual as I often see flocks of Mourning Doves along this route. It
was a WWDO on a wire at the W. edge of the hay fields in Co..
Later I stopped at Totten Resevoir e. of Cortez. I decided that it is
the capital of cooterville. Every w. Co. lake that I have visited this
Fall has been flush with coots, but I roughly counted 500 and doubled
that and I think there were 3 times that number, or 3000?
Ditto for Ruddy Ducks. I have seen more of them at every lake than I
remember ever seeing before, but there seem to be more at Totten than
any other w. co. lake I've visited this year. Everywhere, I have seen
blue bills in every plumage illustrated by Sibley, with some others as well.
As I headed n. on Co Hwy 145, near the n. intersection of the Dunton
Rd., I saw a very large very black bear loping up a steep hillside. Its
blackness was in sharp contrast to the yellow grass of the hillside. At
the top of the ravine there was an equally black cub. It was a beautiful
sight but I worried that they were leaving Hwy 145, that they didn't
seem to be anywhere near a food source and that they still need to be
out foraging at this late date.