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 […]
Janet and I visited Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska recently. Brooks Falls is one of the best viewing spots for Alaskan Brown Bears as they fish for salmon; we were not disappointed. One morning at the bear-viewing platform, we watched a huge bear catch two bright-red salmon, and the photographs show […]
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 […]
We are fortunate to be able to hop in the car and be in Rocky Mountain National Park in an hour. I got up early one morning last week to see what might jump in front of my camera, and the photos attached show the result. The first was an excellent sunrise over the plains; […]
A friend and I visited the top of Mount Evans recently. The weather was COLD: 30 degrees Farenheit most of the morning! In addition, the peak was wrapped in clouds until mid-morning. However, the clouds finally parted, and we were treated to a sparkling, fine morning. A momma mountain goat and her baby came calling, […]
I’ve been watching the nest of an Eastern Screech Owl this spring. The nest is in a hole in a cottonwood tree not 20 feet from a busy bike path in western Fort Collins. For whatever reason, the traffic (including nearby soccer matches) does not seem to bother the breeding pair. Their success is evident […]