Saturday, December 31, 2016

Santa Fe Trail AFA 12/31/16


old railcar beds holding up the hill

entering AFA

Blodgett Peak

Vole skull

Shining Monument Creek

From far away, looked like a chimney

Northern Harrier female

Song Sparrow

Townsend's Solitaire

Planning to have Sherlock join our hikes in 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pueblo Christmas Bird Count CBC 12/21/16

First day of winter!

Curve-billed Thrasher

Townsend's Solitaire on a tomb

Mule deer


Pikes Peak looks weird from this angle (to me)

Lots and lots of Snow Geese, far away

Peek-a-boo squirrel

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count 12/17/16

0 degrees, below zero windchill and blowing snow the whole time - my winter gear did the job of keeping warm - balaclava and hunter's gloves did great.  Snow boots hurt my feet though.  Camera was freezing up, binoculars were icing over.  Only got a few photos, and Tanja sent me a few of hers as well.  30+ species - not bad considering the weather!
The nicest weather was when we started.
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Two bald eagles were sitting at Willow Springs ponds - which were not frozen.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fountain CBC 12/14/16


Northern Shrike - 1st bird of the day

Our only owl - a geocache!

1 Tundra (smaller one) and 2 Trumpeter Swans - rare!!!