Birding on Independence Pass Species List | June 18, 2015
June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6AM – 2:30PM
Location: North Star Nature Preserve, Difficult Campground, Grottos, Braille Trail, Lower Lost Man, Top of Independence Pass
Great Blue Heron
Comments: This has been an exceptional spring for snowpack coverage and spring streamflows, with the rivers and creeks running at very high volumes. The late spring and big water are presenting conditions that are quite different from last year’s experience on this class: delayed bird activity on the tundra (only one pipit and many white-crowned sparrows observed), delayed leaf-out in the tundra and high sub-alpine zones with less bird activity, huge water changing dipper foraging strategies, and overbanking at North Star affecting waterfowl activity and ground-nesting birds. It was interesting to discuss our observations and marvel at nature’s adaptability!
Bird highlights were: MacGillivray’s warbler and black-headed grosbeak at Difficult campground, Wilson’s warblers at Lower Lost Man, a dipper working the edges of the raging Roaring Fork at Grottos, and nesting swallows and woodpeckers at North Star. Also a vocal but well-hidden sora at North Star.
Other highlights included: the raging Roaring Fork River, and a moose at North Star.
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide