Yesterday, at our backyard nectar feeder, I saw my first Calliope Hummingbird. Today I shot a video of it:
The Bear Creek Trail between Kipling St. and Estes St. is closed so that Lakewood can widen the trail. The doubletrack to the north can still be accessed.
I found one of the juvenile Cooper’s Hawks:
I also saw a Belted Kingfisher:
I sat and watched a Black-crowned Night Heron for almost a half hour.
At last, it caught a tiny fish:
Today I took part in a Denver Field Ornithologists field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. The target bird was a White-tailed Ptarmigan. Success!
Other notable sightings include a dozen or so Red Crossbills, plus this juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow:
Consolation marmot pictures:
This morning I took part in a Denver Field Ornithologists field trip, led by David Suddjian, to Singing River Ranch in Clear Creek County. It was much quieter than we had hoped for. A few of the sights:
Three views of a Cordilleran Flycatcher (in shade):
Also–I forgot to put up a post for July 29, 2022. That evening I took part in a Denver Field Ornithologists field trip to David Suddjian’s yard to view hummingbirds. We saw a dozen or more Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, two or three Rufous, and one Black-chinned.
We’ve had several juvenile Spotted Towhees hanging out in our back yard, along with at least one adult. Here are three views:
It’s that time of the year in the Bear Creek Greenbelt . . .
. . . when the dawn chorus of birds has put away the songbooks . . .
. . . and nature-seekers turn their attention . . .
And making things challenging, the City of Lakewood has just closed down the Bear Creek Trail from Estes Street to Kipling Street in order to widen it. The City has also closed down trails from nearby neighborhoods that access this stretch of the Bear Creek Trail.
This morning we saw three of the juvenile Cooper’s Hawks in the “magic tree” (a bramble in a field that’s next to Kipling St.) in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Here are two of them:
A little to the east, the fourth sat by itself in a different tree. This was after one of the adult Cooper’s Hawks had dropped off prey several minutes earlier. The juvenile consumed it on the ground, then flew up and posed for a picture.
We heard a couple of Gray Catbirds this morning (though not the Yellow-breasted Chat).
While walking back home, we saw an American Robin eating berries.
This morning I joined Chuck Aid with Evergreen Audubon for a birding trip to Stony Pass at Wigwam Creek.
We got far-off looks at Lewis’s Woodpeckers. And closer looks at Red-headed Woodpeckers:
And even closer looks at Red-naped Sapsuckers, which were checking on sapwells they’d drilled into willows:
Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were nearby, hoping to get in on the action at the sapwells.
We heard plenty of Western Wood-Pewees and Olive-sided Flycatchers (“Quick! Three beers!” they sing). Here’s one of the latter:
We also saw juvenile birds . . . and evidence of juvenile birds.
Here’s a juvenile Pine Siskin seeking shade on the ground:
All four juvenile Cooper’s Hawks were in the same tree this morning in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:
And for those who are not squeamish:
All four juvenile Cooper’s Hawks were visible in the Bear Creek Greenbelt this morning. One was in the field west of the nest tree, exploring a downed tree.
There aren’t many Mallards to be seen these days, and certainly no males in breeding plumage. But in the pond that never freezes I saw eleven Mallards, comprising a few adult females, several mostly grown ducklings, and one wee duckling.
The Black-chinned Hummingbird was on the magic tree:
And, as yesterday, I couldn’t help tarrying by these blue flowers: