Date: 2/20/18 6:07 am From: Sheridan Samano <sheridan...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Info for White-tailed Ptarmigan
It's true that the road all the way to Guanella Pass Summit is closed in winter requiring a hike of about 1.5-2 miles to the starting point for ptarmigan searches. Since you're traveling with kids, it's probably not the best option since it typically takes a couple of hours of hiking without looking for the birds. I've only seen ptarmigan on 50% of my outings so not guaranteed. Wind can also be a major factor at those elevations. If Loveland Pass is open the day you drive, there are reports of seeing ptarmigan near the pullouts along the pass. That might be a better option with the kids. Happy Birding!
On Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:20:18 PM UTC-7, <kirkh......> wrote:
> Hello Colorado birders, > I'm visiting Colorado this week and I am hoping to see White-tailed > Ptarmigan. On Thursday, I'll be driving from Denver to Snowmass. I've come > across Guanella Pass as being a good spot to search for them, but it looks > like the road to the pass is closed. Is that true? I'll have a my young > kids with me, so a long trek through the snow isn't in the cards for this > trip. If I can't get to Guanella Pass is there another location along > Highway 70 where I could search for them? Thanks for your help! > > Kirk Hardie > Incline Village, NV > >