This adult Cooper’s Hawk is getting on the good foot at its current favorite perch (see June 23, 2019 post) near the nest at the Bear Creek Greenbelt:
The Cooper’s Hawk chicks in the Bear Creek Greenbelt are branching out:
The Cooper’s Hawk chicks in the greenbelt are growing:
Early this morning a friend and I headed to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike.
We also saw Pine Siskins, Scrub Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, Mountain Chickadees, Steller’s Jays, and Hairy Woodpeckers, including this one feeding its young:
The female Cooper’s Hawk was keeping an eye out near the nest this morning:
A Mallard was keeping track of her eight ducklings. Here she is with four of them:
One of the Cooper’s Hawk chicks in the greenbelt:
This morning all the house birds showed up in our back yard: House Wrens, House Finches, and a House Sparrow. A little later in the morning I went back to the Cooper’s Hawk nest in the greenbelt and spotted four chicks:
Here’s a grouping of three chicks:
On the way back home, I saw a Common Merganser sitting on a log with a couple of male Mallards.
Early in the evening we got our first look at two of the Cooper’s Hawk chicks in the nest we’ve been watching in the greenbelt. Here’s one:
To Alderfer/Three Sisters to hike early this morning. Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were everywhere:
We saw a small selection of mammals:
We also saw a baby mule deer, bouncing around as if on springs, with spots that formed stripes down its sides.
In other avian life, we saw Chipping Sparrows and Pygmy Nuthatches.
In the afternoon, a gray pickup truck nosed into the field behind our house. The driver lowered the window and began picking off prairie dogs with a pellet gun equipped with a scope. An hour or so after he left, a coyote made off with one of the prairie dogs.
The back yard is full of House Wrens and House Finches. Here’s one of the latter:
And here’s a Common Grackle in the same tree:
We haven’t had any luck photographing the Cooper’s Hawks in the greenbelt. So we took we what we could get:
On Friday, June 14, after work, we rode out to Bear Creek Lake Park. On the way there, just at the entrance to Fox Hollow, we spotted a Swainson’s Hawk being scolded by two magpies. On the way back, the Swainson’s Hawk was still parked in the same tree, a single magpie flying circles above it, squawking.