Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Gunnison Sage Grouse
We drove back to the motel, had breakfast, packed up and headed for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There we searched for Dusky Grouse without success. It got very cold, snowed a bit, and then the wind came up. But we did find a Townsend's Solitaire which was a new bird for the year. We drove to Montrose and had lunch. The less said about lunch, the better. After lunch, since I had never seen Ouray, we spent the afternoon driving there and up to Red Mountain Pass at 11,018 feet. Nothing new except the sightseeing. Snowy mountains all around. Beautiful. We did see one large flock of Vesper Sparrows indicating they are definitely on the move.
Back to Montrose where we got a motel, cleaned up, went to a Nepalese/Indian restaurant which was satifactory. With the two new birds today the total is now 444.