Date: 1/5/18 4:57 pm From: Virginia Maynard <vamaynard10...> Subject: [cobirds] American Three-toed Woodpeckers (Teller County)
Virginia and I hiked the Pancake Rocks Trail today and refound the American Three-toed Wookpeckers originally found by Kevin Ash. Thank you Kevin for both the find and your post! We found at least 9 American Three-toed WP, one Downy and at least 5 Hairy WP in the general area described by Kevin. Hairy and Three-toed were seen within a few feet of each other in the same tree on one occasion. Gray Jays were also present. All birds were easily seem without leaving the trail. Listen for tapping to locate these birds.
The Three-toed Woodpeckers were seen below (before) the trail junction of the Horsethief Park and Pancock Rock trails, and up the Pancock Rock Trail almost to the top/saddle. We found the highest concentration of birds at approximately 10750 feet elevation on the Pancake Rocks Trail and 1.7 miles from the parking lot for the Horsethief Park trailhead. This trailhead is on Hwy 67, approximately halfway between Divide (on US-24) and Cripple Creek. The Pancake Rocks Trail is somewhat strenuous.