I was able to creep near a great blue heron rookery near Fort Collins. I spent an afternoon observing and photographing these wonderful birds as they came and went from their nesting sites. As the afternoon wore on, the evening sun illuminated the birds as they flew near me, and the light was magical. The […]
I traveled the back roads near Denver International Airport (DIA) earlier this week. I’d heard from bird-lovers that the location was good for a variety of birds at this time of year, and wanted to see for myself. For those of you who have not visited DIA, it is located many miles from Denver, and situated […]
Bluebirds frequent the Colorado high country every summer. They add a brilliant flash of color as they flit about the meadows and open spaces. Many bird-lovers situate bluebird boxes on fence posts and trees lining pastures and roadways. The bluebirds earn their keep by catching insects by the hundreds. In raising their young, bluebirds are busy most […]
I’ve watched a nest of Eastern Screech Owls for several springs now. This year, spring has been a rainy and cold adventure, and the owls were hard to capture. I was out one evening last week and found that the pair had fledged four babies. They were hanging out in a nearby grove of […]
We have had a wet spring this year. The goldfinches showed up late but have been active lately. The downy woodpeckers are still around, and a blue jay is making a pest of himself. All of them were caught on camera last week, as shown in the photos accompanying this post.
On the plains, nothing announces spring better than the song of the meadowlark. On a recent morning trip to the Pawnee National Grasslands, I caught a couple of them in full throat. It’s fun to catch them from the window of Big Red – the Pawnee has many gravel roads with barbed wire fences on both sides […]
I’m having a lot of fun in our backyard. I purchased a portable blind from Cabela’s for around $100, and it’s been a good investment. I set it up a few feet away from our bird feeders, and made sure I had a good view of the evergreen nearby that the birds used as a […]
Burrowing owls are delightful birds. They are found on the open prairies of Colorado, usually in association with prairie dog colonies, where they use abandoned prairie dog holes for their burrows. I recently discovered a small flock of burrowing owls near a gravel road just north of Keota, a largely abandoned farming community within the […]