Monday, January 16, 2012

Field Notes 1/16/2012

Great Sand Dunes National Park-- a windy and cloudy day.  On the Mosca road by the San Luis Lakes we saw the golden eagle that we have seen before--flying low and being mobbed by two ravens.  At the dunes we walked through the picnic grounds and saw nary a thing.  We headed up to the campground and saw several dark-eyed juncos, a spotted towhee under pinon pines and a flock  of American robins flying overhead.

Looking to get out of the wind we hiked up Mosca Pass and heard a woodpecker but Diane saw only a flash of wings.  On the drive home we spotted a red-tailed hawk and a northern harrier. 

Back in Alamosa we checked out Riverwood Pond on which were swimming several Canada geese and two common golden-eyes.

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