On Christmas Eve, Jackson and I made a quick run up to Pitkin County to see what we could find. On the way up, we were unable to locate the Long-tailed Ducks at Rifle Gap but did manage to find the road blocked by a landslide on our way out! Lucky for us, it was not a very major one and we were able to clear one lane so we could get back out of the park. When we went back in the evening to try again, the road was completely clear of debris.
In Pitkin County, we rode the chairlifts up to meet Dick Filby at the Rosy-finch feeders. Though we had to wait awhile, we were rewarded for our patience by a flock of 3 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches that stopped in briefly. We were initially perplexed by this minute flock, but the main flock stopped in later with Brown-capped, "Hepburn's", and regular Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches swarming the feeder. I highly recommend going to see them! We were within a couple feet of them at some points. They don't seem to care at all about people.
Also at the Rosy-Finch feeder (at the top of the Village Express), we had a lone Pine Grosbeak fly over. We checked the other feeder at Elk Park before we left, and though we had no feeder birds, we did manage to find a flock of three Golden-crowned Kinglets (which, is I recall correctly, is Jackson's 175th life bird for his photo list this year - way to go Jackson!).
The only other notable bird of the day was a Rough-legged Hawk seen just north of Carbondale on our way out of town.
Jacob C. Cooper
Mesa County, Colorado