Ann Troth and Gregg Goodrich live in the metro Denver area and have decided to use the Colorado Birding Challenge as not only a way to raise money for grassland birds but to challenge themselves to apply thier birding skills to an unfamiliar area. They will be competing in Rio Blanco County and exploring new sites along the White River.
UPDATE: We had a great day of 367 miles and 12 hours of birding. We captured our day with 8 eBird checklists from different localities and a total of 65 species. Our sixth checklist was on a dirt road CR-142, just 8 miles north of the Rio Blanco State Wildlife Area. It was sunny and calm when we left the blacktop. What could possibly go wrong. Our intelligence from a birding report said there were excellent birds up this road. Sure enough we found this beautiful Black-throated Gray Warbler in the junipers. Ann noticed black clouds developing. I was too busy birding to pay much attention. Then the sprinkles started. We made a quick exit, but the roads were already getting slick. After a harrowing 30-minute drive of slipping and sliding we made it back to the highway. Car covered in mud. Quite an adventure! I got a recording of this cool little warbler's wheezy call on the list. https://ebird.org/checklist/S87506221