Category Archives: Mammals

Animal #67 — Long-tailed Weasel

mustela frenata Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Community Bible Study — Colorado Springs, Colorado With all the time I’ve spent walking and birding and fishing and sitting outdoors, you’d think I would have seen a Long-tailed Weasel at least once. I … Continue reading

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Cedaredge

I planned the days on this weekend adventure, and Sally planned the nights. She booked us at the Cedaredge Lodge, a mom-and-pop motel that has great ratings. The young woman who checked us in spent about 20 minutes explaining all … 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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Animal #66 — American Badger

taxidea taxus Saturday, May 20, 2017 — 11:20 am Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado Sally and I were driving the wildlife loop at the prairie refuge between downtown Denver and the Denver Airport. We saw two or three … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. government developed chemical weapons on this site east of Denver during WWII. Then Shell Oil bought it and used it to make agricultural chemicals until 1985. Two things became apparent at that point: 1) the site was badly contaminated, … Continue reading

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Bird #479 — Green-tailed Towhee

pipilo chlorurus Thursday, May 11, 2017 New Santa Fe Trail — Palmer Lake, Colorado The New Santa Fe Trail between Monument and Palmer Lake is my new go-to spot when I want to walk somewhere close but don’t want to … Continue reading

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Birding at Fountain Creek

On a warm, cloudy Sunday afternoon, I went birding at Fountain Creek Regional Park. There were a lot of people, and a fair amount of ducks, but not much else. American Coot Eastern Fox Squirrel. These are native in the … Continue reading

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Roxborough State Park

Morning hike at Roxborough State Park near Denver. Stunning day, stunning scenery.  Mule Deer. One of then wandered over to within six feet of where we stood. We also saw a Common Raven, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Townsend’s … Continue reading

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Paint Mines

On a cloudy morning that turned into a beautiful day, we headed east into the plains to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. We parked in the first lot we came to and headed off on the trail that looked most promising. … Continue reading

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Animal #65 — Abert’s Squirrel

aciurus aberti Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Fox Run Regional Park, El Paso County, Colorado I was taking a late-afternoon hike through the Ponderosa Pine forest in this park. A dark squirrel, either black or dark brown, ran out in front … Continue reading

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