Date: 4/12/18 2:25 pm
From: 'The \Nunn Guy\' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Pawnee Grasslands 10April2018 (Weld)
Hi all

More news ... here is Forest Service (FS) project page for recreation
shooting review on the Arapaho National Forest (Pawnee)--you'll notice they
are currently looking only at the Ranger Districts in the Forest itself-not
the Pawnee (Grassland District).

I suggest folks send their concerns to the Public Comment link to express
(1) importance of including the Pawnee Ranger District in this effort and
(2) conflicts (multi use terminology) we are seeing on the Pawnee as a
result of unmanaged recreational shooting, (3) Safety concerns (big in FS)
and anything else we deem important in trying to get Pawnee recreational
shooting to have designated shooting areas to avoid multi-use conflicts

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46910

Project above has been ongoing three years now.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn
http://coloradobirder.club/


On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:36:44 PM UTC-6, Dave Leatherman wrote:
>
> *Birds of note sensed:*
>
> After getting a not so early start, I arrived near where WY-NE-CO come
> together ne of Grover about 8am. My target was Sharp-tailed Grouse, which
> everybody has seemingly found. I got a few extra hours of sleep but not
> the birds, these two facts being no doubt related. However, I could sense
> their presence. Can I make a pencil mark on the checklist if I don't push
> hard? Also, for what it's worth, I met a nice local rancher named Mr.
> Klingensmith who has lived in the area 20+ years and said he often sees
> them while driving e on CR134 between 125 and 129 and also going from 134 n
> on 125 a few miles to the unmarked State Line.
>
>
> *Birds of note seen:*
>
> Chestnut-collared Longspur (at least 20): mostly near the recently
> reported S-t Grouse locations, especially on the w side of Weld CR115 n of
> 134.
>
> Northern Shrike (1a) 117 n of 134
>
> Loggerhead Shrike (1a) 111 just s of the State Line (not too many days
> in spring or autumn when both shrikes occur on the northern CO plains).
>
> Long-billed Curlew (4) in wheat stubble s of 134 just w of 125
>
>
>
>
>
> Rough-legged Hawk (at least 4): in the general area of the S-t Grouse
> sightings plus one on CR77 near GR96 n of Crow Valley (shown)
>
>
>
>
> Golden Eagle (1) CR90 w of CR49
>
>
> *A&B Res #1 *on 124 a few miles w of 77: water is high, no shorebirds,
> just common duck species.
>
>
> *At Crow Valley late this afternoon into early evening (gate is now open,
> hosts on site):*
>
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1m)
>
> Townsend's Solitaire (2)
>
> Total of 25 bird species at CVCG/Briggsdale plus my FOY heard western
> chorus frogs (note, I did NOT see Mountain Plovers e of Briggsdale in the
> green strips of winter wheat on CR79 just s of SR14 where they were a week
> or so ago).
>
>
> *Crom Lake* on 131 w of Pierce: water high, mostly common ducks and
> killdeer, no swallows.
>
>
> [Did NOT see large numbers of sparrows today, did NOT see McCown's
> Longspur, did NOT see any kingbirds or Burrowing Owls. Regarding the
> latter, I did not check any prairie-dog towns, so maybe no surprise they
> escaped detection.]
>
>
> Furthermore, I did NOT drive GR96 ("Murphy's Pasture") out of not wanting
> to get pissed at all the gun activity on a route supposedly devoted to
> nature observation.
>
>
> Dave Leatherman
>
> Fort Collins
>

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