Interested in Art's
report of loons at Harvey Gap Res, Kay & I visited a few lakes around
Rifle Sunday. True to Art's report we tallied 14 Alt plumaged Common Loons
at Harvey and Rifle Gap Reservoirs. We also found a Ring-necked
Pheasant rooster at the east end of Rifle Gap SP, it has been several years
since I have seen a pheasant in Garfield County. Also at Rifle Gap FOS
Chipping and Vesper Sparrows.
The Bald Eagle nest
at Rifle has been repaired a bit and an eagle was incubating on the nest.
The bird was sitting up totally exposed and I would imagine that the nest is
very shallow. It appears that any young eaglet will fall from the nest and
not survive, we will see. Also a Cooper's Hawk hunting around Rifle and an
Osprey on the nest at the west end of town.
Today Jacob Cooper
called with a Snowy Egret east of Dotsero, Eagle County bird #200. Thanks