Today Kay & I traveled from Ouray over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton in
the fresh snow, about 1" in Ouray and 5" in Silverton. The big storm
forcast for Friday night fizzled out somewhere and roads were good. At
feeders in Ouray we found many Evening Grosbeaks, one Pine Grosbeak,
Cassin's Finches, and lots of more common birds. Only three Brown-capped
Rosy-Finches today in downtown Ouray.
Over the hill in Silverton we headed to 2nd and Mineral Streets. Early
last year Andrew Spencer found Collared-Doves here (the first for San Juan
County) and Mark, Lisa, & Brandon refound them a couple of weeks later.
Since then Kay & I have been through Silverton three times for various
reasons and have seached the town thoroughly for the doves without
success. Today we could see a Collared-Dove on the wires at 2nd and
Mineral from a block away. There were three birds there this morning.
There was a flock of Rosy-Finches moving around Silverton while we were
there. They briefly visited the feeders at 2nd and Mineral and then flew
of in a swarm. After breakfast we refound the flock in the 1000 block of
Blair Street. The birds were feeding behind a shop called "The Sun
House". We got good looks from the alley, probably 150 birds, with at
least one Gray-crowned and two Blacks, no "Hepburn's".
Also around Silverton, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, two
Yellow-headed Blackbirds with the Red-wings around feeders (where is there
suitable habitat for these guys around Silverton?) and county tick Spotted