Category Archives: Birds

Bird #483 — Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

leucosticte australis Saturday, July 8, 2017 — 9:40 am Mount Evans — Arapaho National Forest, Colorado I climbed the trail from Summit Lake to the summit of Mount Evans with a group from my work. I was watching out for … Continue reading

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Broad Tails and Sharp Shins

I was looking out the library window at work yesterday. I spotted a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird fly into a ponderosa pine and land in a nest. I meant to bring my camera to work today, but forgot. I borrowed the … Continue reading

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Bird #482 — MacGillivray’s Warbler

oporornis (from opora, autumnal, and ornis, bird) tolmiei (in honor of William Fraser Tolmie, friend of John Kirk Townsend) — MacGillivray’s Warbler was named by John James Audubon for his friend and editor, Dr. W. MacGillivray. Saturday, June 17, 2017 — … Continue reading

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Rifle Falls State Park

We spent the night at a Comfort Inn in Rifle. The town, located on the Colorado River, got its name because somebody at some distant point in the past, left, or found, a rifle leaning against a tree. I guess … Continue reading

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Colorado National Monument

The forecast for Saturday was HOT. We got up early and drove an hour to Colorado National Monument. When we arrived, it was already warm but not oppressively so. Locals were still using part of the park road for their … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

We picked a hot weekend to explore our new home state. On a Friday morning, we headed west through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, over Monarch Pass, and along Blue Mesa Reservoir to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In Curecanti … Continue reading

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Bird #480 — Grace’s Warbler

setophaga (from Greek ses, “moth,” and phagos, “eating”) graciae (discovered by Elliott Coues and named after his 18-year-old sister, Grace Darling Coues) Monday, May 29, 2017 — 8:50 am Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado This was about as easy as it gets. About … Continue reading

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Morning on the Santa Fe

On the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, I woke up at 5:30. My air mattress, which I’ve been sleeping on for six months now, has given up the ghost and I was, for all intents and purposes, sleeping on the … Continue reading

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Bird #480 — Townsend’s Warbler

dendroica townsendi Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 9:40 am Fountain Creek Regional Park — Fountain, Colorado I’m still getting use to birding in my new state. I can’t go out during spring migration and find 20+ species of warblers like … Continue reading

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Birding Colorado

I’ve birded in short spurts since I’ve moved to Colorado, but this weekend was the first time I took a large chunk of a day just for birding. I started at Fountain Creek Regional Park, the closest thing in the … Continue reading

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