March 13, 2019

The birds are tough in Colorado. Here are scenes from our back yard in today’s blizzard:

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Clockwise, from top, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco

March 11, 2019

We’ve traded Red-bellied Woodpeckers for Northern Flickers. Here’s one in our back yard:

Northern Flicker

Coyotes at play in the field behind our house:

Coyotes

Roughly a gazillion prairie dogs live in the Bear Creek Greenbelt behind our house:

Prairie dog

February 20, 2019

Late this afternoon, the sky dark with rain clouds, it was bathtime for the birds. First an Orange-crowned Warbler showed up, but by the time I’d cracked open a window in the sunroom and trained my camera lens on the bubbler, it had flown off. Then a Hermit Thrush showed up. Here it is in the bath:

Hermit Thrush

While it was taking a bath, a female Northern Cardinal showed up on the retaining wall behind the bubbler. The Hermit Thrush stood on the edge of the bubbler and squawked at her, and she eventually flew off. Then an American Robin showed up, and the Hermit Thrush took off. After the American Robin had its time in the bath, the Hermit Thrush (same one?) came back for a second bath, but it was almost night by then.

February 17, 2019

A huge flock of American Robins has descended on our neighborhood. Half a dozen at a time take a bath in the bubbler in our back yard. Here’s a three-pack:

American Robins

Here’s a singleton:

American Robin

American Goldfinches still abound in numbers.

American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinches and the Pine Siskins (a rarity in our back yard) vie for the same food source, whether it’s sunflower kernals or tasty treats up in the trees:

American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin