Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bear Creek Spring Count 5-16-15


Western Bluebird


Pygmy Nuthatch



baby Magpies


Gray Catbird

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Fountain Creek Spring Bird Count, Kites Return, BH Grosbeak visits yard 5-9-15

A week of rain continued the morning of the count with heavy storms before the start, and an interlude of rain and hail during.  Still managed about 85 species for the count despite the weather and smaller turnout. My group's highlight was a flock of about 100 Lark Buntings - beautiful and amazing - Colorado's State bird.

Here is the checklist from the area I covered (5 and 6N with Beth Payne and Tim Leppek):  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23328906

Saw a Mississippi Kite in the usual tree in my back yard Thursday May 7.  Saw two today in the dead conifer about a block behind my house and in the tall backyard tree just south of the 'usual'.

Severe weather came through again followed by a new yard bird - Black-Headed Grosbeak - it even sang - a very clear, LOUD Robin-like song - there are recordings of their song at the link.









Saturday, May 02, 2015

Big Johnson Reservoir 5-2-15

Lovely morning for birding.  Added Black-necked Stilt to my life list and Peregrine Falcon to my county list.  E-bird list here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23179395







These frightened the birds quite a bit.


First of year Orioles today...Yellow Warbler too but no photo




GHO just starting to fledge

Far-off House Wren

Locoweed

Karl and Nader's cross

Prairie Falcon I think.





lovely Lark Sparrow

First of year Paintbrush






Burrowing Owl



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Garden of the Gods 4-25-15

5 or 6 mile hike from the main lot in Garden of the Gods down to the Trading post and to Balancing Rock and then back to the main lot in a loop.  We really enjoyed the route up from the Trading Post via Siamese Twins and Palmer Trail.  Runtotal 53 miles or so.


White-throated Swifts

Rock pigeon




More Swifts




Black-billed Magpie and Western Scrub Jay









Which one is better, do you think?


Wavyleaf Dandelion