Category Archives: Mammals

Rocky Mountain National Park — Moose

As we were getting out of our car at Holzwarth Historic Site, a kind man with a British accent pulled up in his SUV and informed us that family of moose were grazing in the meadow along the Colorado River. … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — Trail Ridge Road

We drove west across the park on Trail Ridge Road, stopping at most of the pull-offs and overlooks along the way. This is the view from Rainbow Curve. The Forest Canyon Overlook. At lower elevations, the day had been extraordinary. … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park — To Bear Lake

I’m still trying to get used to the fact that RMNP is only two-and-a-half hours from home. We were told mid-September is the best time to go to see Elk and fall colors. It has the added advantage of being … Continue reading

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Chipmunks and Elk

On the grand tour we gave Linda and Barb, we drove from Victor to Cripple Creek (where we paused only long enough to see the wandering burros) to Florissant. We ate lunch at Costello Street, the headed to Florissant Fossil … Continue reading

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Animal #69 — Northern Pocket Gopher

thomomys talpoides Thursday, July 20, 2017 — 5:00 pm Chase’s home — Monument, Colorado During the seven and a half months that we lived in the Chase’s basement, the cats discovered a variety of animals in the window wells — three cottontails, … Continue reading

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Animal #68 — American Pika

ochotona princeps Saturday, July 8, 2017 — 11:20 am Mount Evans — Arapaho National Forest, Colorado I hiked to the top of Mount Evans with a group from work. On my way down, I passed through a large boulder field about 500 … Continue reading

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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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