Category Archives: Birds

Vindicator Valley

On Sunday, we took Linda and Barb up into the mountains to Victor. We spent a half hour wandering the Vindicator Valley Trail, enjoying the view. Wyoming Ground Squirrel in hiding Female Mountain Bluebird Even at the relatively early hour … Continue reading

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Garden of the Gods Again

My sister and her friend Barb Shoens drove out for the weekend. On Saturday morning, we went to Garden of the Gods. Over the years, I expect I’ll have every square inch of it photographed.

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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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