Captains Log, Stardate 001.001.02008
I decided to skip the New Years Eve celebrations last night, headed to bed at 2000 hrs, but found myself permanently awake by 0200 hrs this morning plotting the days course, how best to begin a New Year of birding. By about 0530 hrs I decided to stop planning and go find some owls, got a couple easy species (GHOW, WESO), thence picked up Jacob Cooper and headed upslope for the (unofficial) Mesa CBC. We enjoyed the days outing and found a few respectable birds out there:
Barrows goldeneye 56
Hooded merganser 2
Wild turkey everywhere it seemed!
Eagles 10 bald vs. 1 golden
Northern goshawk 1 adult
Rough-legged hawk light phase 1 (not easy to find in Mesa County !)
Virginia rail 2
Dove species one Mourning dove, cest une!
Lewiss woodpecker 2 (not easy in Mesa County )
Rosy-finch species (per Jacobs posting) (not easy in Mesa County , and not coming to feeders)
Lesser goldfinch 2 (practically nonexistent this winter in Mesa County )
Evening grosbeak 5 coming to feeders
Our tally = 58 species in the count circle, plus a few outside the circle.
Elevation range of our route today = 5000-5500 ft. +/-