Monday, May 25, 2015

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):

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:

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


Karl and Nader's cross

Prairie Falcon I think.

lovely Lark Sparrow

First of year Paintbrush

Burrowing Owl