Friday, April 21, 2017

Cross Creek Park, Squirrel Creek, Cumberland Green, and Adams Open Space - Fountain Birding 4-21-17

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Adams - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36146755

Cumberland Green - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36146543

Squirrel Creek Rd. Pond - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36146379

Cross Creek Park - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36146150

Small party this morning but weather cooperated until we finished for a beautiful morning of birding before the rain came back right as we finished with about 60 species.  Several first-of-season birds including Ibis, Avocet, Great-tailed Grackle, Swainson's Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warblers (both types and some hybrids too), Tree Swallows and Violet-Green Swallows, Lesser Yellowlegs,  Wilson's Snipe, Marsh Wren, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Savannah Sparrow.  House Wren was new for the year for some of our party I think, too.



Great-tailed Grackle and Yellow-headed Blackbird

Ruddy Duck


Western Meadowlark



Mallards


Great-horned Owl


A bit tricky to cross (other side is worse).





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cheyenne Mountain State Park 4-15-17

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Wood Rat

Western Bluebird

Hairy Woodpecker

Pasque Flower




Adventurous Pygmy Nuthatch


Wild Turkeys

Western Bluebird (and Pygmy Nuthatch)

Turkey Vulture

Chipping Sparrow



Sherlock, Eminem and Bear quite excited to ride a Velociraptor

Apparently it is Bow Season for Giant Melancholy Orange Frogs....

It's more afraid of you than you are of it....

American Kestrel

Say's Phoebe

White-crowned Sparrow

Nuttal's Violet

Sand Lily



Eric sees some interesting insects in the flowers.

Cheyenne Mountain

Western Bluebird


Purple/Cowpath Tiger Beetle

Duskywing

Cheyenne Mountain

Wasp with Field Cricket prey

American Kestrel

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Blodgett Peak Open Space 4-8-17

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There was a note in the logs for this cache that CSFD signed it when they came across it working on the Waldo Canyon Fire.  This one was just 50 yards from the fire's edge.  There are others in the park that were destroyed in the fire and some that survived it - with charred logs still inside the container today.



Blodgett Peak

Pasque flowers - always one of the first of spring!



Using burned trees to help prevent erosion.