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August 17, 2019

The different kinds of birds one can see at mid-morning (as opposed to say, early morning) in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Western Kingbird

And here’s a Mallard with a mouthful:


August 14, 2019

To Golden Gate Canyon State Park early this morning.

View from Panorama Point

Two other early risers:

Red-tailed Hawk

I hiked up Burro Trail to Windy Peak (elev. 9,138 feet), and came back down on Mountain Lion Trail. I didn’t see either of those particular mammals, but I did see chipmunks, golden-mantled ground squirrels, and a rabbit. In bird life, there were Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Mountain Bluebirds (including a juvenile), House Wrens (including a juvenile), Chipping Sparrows, a Western Wood-Pewee, Violet-green Swallows (see below), and Mountain Chickadees (see below):

Mountain Chickadee
Violet-green Swallow

On a particular stretch high up in the pines, yellow and orange mushrooms grew alongside the path. At lower elevations, wildflowers abounded in white, yellow, and violet. I found this moth in a field of violet flowers:

White-lined Sphinx Moth

August 12, 2019

Early this evening I walked along Bear Creek, from Estes Street to Wadsworth, and all the way back down to Kipling Street. I saw several Belted Kingfishers, including this one:

Belted Kingfisher

Mostly I saw them flying away from me, laughing.

This Mallard was much more obliging:


And there was a noisy juvenile Cooper’s Hawk hanging out near the old nest:

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

August 11, 2019

A couple of friends and I hiked eight miles at Staunton State Park this morning. We got an early start, the best time to see wildlife. The pictures below are from the first half of the hike.

We hiked along the Mason Creek trail, a lovely walk. We saw a number of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, many of them buzzing in and above small waterfalls, including this one:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird taking a sip

A mule deer fawn crossed the trail just behind us. Here it is bounding away:

Mule deer fawn
Mule deer fawn

In other mammal life, we saw Pine Squirrels and Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels. We also saw several Hairy Woodpeckers (including the one below), Dark-eyed Juncos, Steller’s Jays, Mountain Chickadees, American Robins, Chipping Sparrows, and a Red-tailed Hawk (and heard a few more).

Hairy Woodpecker

We made it to the Catamount Overlook (elev. 9402 feet), which had stunning views of Pike’s Peak and surrounding mountains.

August 10, 2019

Tonight Rick and I walked at the east end of the Bear Creek Greenbelt, where we saw several Belted Kingfishers. We also stumbled across another Cooper’s Hawk family.

Cooper’s Hawk (adult)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

August 4, 2019

To the Bear Creek Greenbelt early this morning to see the juvenile Cooper’s Hawks.

Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Other birds out there this morning include Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Gray Catbirds, a Common Yellowthroat, a Yellow Warbler, House Finches, House Wrens, a number of swallows, and these two:

Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay

August 2, 2019

This afternoon after work I saw Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Western Wood-Pewees, Black-capped Chickadees, and House Wrens in our back yard. Here’s one of the hummingbirds:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

July 28, 2019

To the top of Mt. Evans early this morning. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the view:

Mountain goat

And because young mountain goats are just so cute:

Mountain goats
Mountain goats

As for other wildlife sightings, we saw a few yellow-bellied marmots, and an American Pipit.

View while descending Mt. Evans
View from Echo Lake Lodge

July 16, 2019

Down to the Bear Creek Greenbelt early this morning:

Song Sparrow
Gray Catbird in dead bramble
Pair of juvenile Cooper’s Hawks
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk in flight