Date: 2/4/18 11:59 am From: Kevin Ash <ashkevinm...> Subject: [cobirds] Rosy Finches on Pikes Peak (Teller County)
I had a neat surprise while hiking with my dogs this morning. We hiked from Green Mountain Falls up to South Catamount Reservoir. Shortly after I turned around and headed back, I noticed about 10 birds flying in/out of the rocks below the dam on the north side of South Catamount Res. I assumed Rosy Finches, so I walked back up the trail and onto the dam to get a better look. The birds were very hard to see below the damn among the rocks. I was only able to positively id 2 Brown-capped and one Black before the flock got spooked and started taking off. I would never have guessed how many birds were among the rocks - they kept coming and coming and coming. Almost magical. I recorded 400, but that's a conservative count.
Next time I go, I'll bring my scope and stay below the damn. The birds will be easier to see and less likely to get spooked.
I was hoping this was going to be El Paso County, but it's just inside Teller.