Rocky Mountain road trip
Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:25 PM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:18 AM
Latest Lifebirds: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Screech-Owl, American Redstart, Carolina Wren, Bushtit
Best Lifebirds: Tufted Flycatcher, Baikal Teal
Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:14 AM
Looks like you're not quite in my neck of the woods, but these are all birds I've gotten so far except for the grouse. Have been fortunate to get Rosy Finch a bunch of times, but you are not likely to see them unless you go to high elevations in the right places. I've seen all three species of Rosy Finch, and they come south for the winter. They DO come to mountain feeders, but they really prefer high elevations and in my experience only come to feeders during inclement weather when their natural food sources are unavailable. This is common knowledge for people like me who really love finches, especially Rosy Finches. Not sure what seeing them in the summer entails...
I'll be taking a road trip in July from Sacramento to the midwest & back and along the way I'll be looking for mountain birds. Target species include Dusky Grouse, any Rosy Finch, Clark's Nutcracker, Crossbills, Pinyon Jay. My most likely route will be I-80 to Salt Lake City, north to Yellowstone, then to I-90 for the rest of the drive to Wisconsin. Any suggestions for side trips are welcome as are good birding locations along the way.
Of all the birds you named, Clark's Nutcracker are the least shy and Crossbills close second. The other three will be tough to see unless you're in the right habitat, and as I said, I'm not familiar with the area you described
Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:58 PM
... Have been fortunate to get Rosy Finch a bunch of times, but you are not likely to see them unless you go to high elevations in the right places...
For Black Rosy Finch I'm planning on visiting the Beartooth plateau where I saw them ten years ago:
Black Rosy Finch, Carbon County Montana
The road tops out @ ~11,000 ft. I'm hoping to get better photos.
From mining ebird data, it looks like Mammoth in Yellowstone may be good for Dusky Grouse and Red Crossbill.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:22 PM
Edited by dklucius, 07 May 2012 - 03:13 PM.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:47 AM
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