Aspen birding in summer : Independence Pass and Carbondale

Aspen birding in summer : Independence Pass and Carbondale

When:  August 2019        Weather:  cool 20C

Leica M10P 35 summilux, Nikon P900, Sony RX10 mk 4

We took a day drive leaving Aspen in the early morning planning to drive on the 82East through the Independence Pass, see Twin Lakes and then return by the I70 via Glenwood Springs.  The road up to the pass was not too difficult to drive with only one or two areas where it narrowed a bit….

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our rental car coped with the road well

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the 82 East headed up the mountain

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Eventually getting to the Continental Divide at Independence Pass

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calm lakes and snow capped peaks even in summer….unfortunately we were unable to spot any white tailed ptarmigans

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the curvy road we drove on

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a short walk at the pass

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A friendly marmot

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song sparrow?

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white crowned sparrow

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white crowned sparrow

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male and female white crowned sparrow

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Horned goats

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Horned goats

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descending the mountain, we arrived at Twin Lakes

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Thick billed magpie at Twin lakes

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Magpie

 

Driving on through Leadville which is an old town, we stopped for some shopping and lunch at Silverthorn and started on our backward loop to the I70 westbound towards Vail and Glenwood Springs….the road was good and we arrived back on the 82 at Glenwood springs about an hour and a half later.  We went to Carbondale to see if we could see some moose in the early evening…

 

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Carbondale Road….no moose but the birding was good!

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a blue flash alighted on the post and flew all around us from post to wire to road….

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the beautifully coloured mountain bluebird

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Mountain bluebird male

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Mountain bluebird male

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female mountain bluebird with a hint of blue in the vent area

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Female bluebird

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A lone turkey vulture posed

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as did a red tailed hawk

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red tailed hawk in flight

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beautiful surrounds

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Mountain bluebird rufous morph; Thanks for Rebecca Weiss for help in ID

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the beautiful red glow of the colorado mountains…hence the name colorado

 

An interesting drive all in, with reasonable sightings in Carbondale Road but not really much in at the top of Independence pass.

 

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