Seen at Rocky Mountain National Park today:
Late summer in our back yard:
Birds on a hot day on one of the last days of summer in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.
By the end of summer, the hummingbirds in our back yard are used to my being outside on the deck, and they allow close approach. They feed all day long, starting before dawn, and they constantly chase each other. Here’s one on its guard:
After work I took a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Here’s another end-of-summer shot: a Say’s Phoebe holding its wings away from its body.
A Black-crowned Night Heron was in the same spot as yesterday:
Over by Stone House a Belted Kingfish had caught a crawfish:
After work I took a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt . . . Manky Mallard (e.g., Mallard hybrid) is back!
I caught this Black-crowned Night Heron above Bear Creek with its mouth wide open:
And with its mouth shut:
Dragonflies are still around:
In the back yard . . . cheepers by the dozen??
Last night there was a small brush fire in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Almost certainly human caused, the fire burned a section along the dirt doubletrack behind the greenhouse.
Here’s a young Broad-tailed Hummingbird seeking nectar in the red salvia on our back deck:
During a lunch-time walk, I spotted this dragonfly . . . possibly a new one for me:
After work as I was gazing out the back deck a young Red-tailed Hawk dropped down into the field behind our back yard. Construction hasn’t yet begun on the homes that will be built there. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying the wildlife I see.
This morning a friend joined me for an amble through the Bear Creek Greenbelt. We saw two dozen species of birds, including this young hawk:
We also got a good look at a Pale Snaketail:
This morning on our walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt my better half and I spotted a sparrow hanging out with a couple of House Finches. It was the first time I’d seen a Chipping Sparrow in the greenbelt.
A little later, we saw a couple of Lark Sparrows, also not a common bird to see in the greenbelt. (And though Song Sparrows are by far the most common sparrow we see and hear, they’ve been scarce and quiet for the past couple of weeks.)
A little later, I went on a search by myself for more sparrows. I found one, a Vesper Sparrow, in a prairie dog town, but couldn’t get a good shot. But I did get good looks at three Western Kingbirds and one Eastern Kingbird.
There was also a flock of a hundred or more European Starlings, a mix of adults and immature individuals. Soaring overhead were a Red-tailed Hawk, a Swainson’s Hawk, and several Turkey Vultures.
Finally, there are still a few dragonflies around, including Pale Snaketails. Here’s a new one for me: a White-faced Meadowhawk:
Back at home, hummingbirds are still after the nectar. Here’s a 20-second video of an adult male Black-chinned Hummingbird:
In the late afternoon I took another walk in the greenbelt. As I walked, I thought about how summer is coming to an end, and my time to see this summer’s birds–hummingbirds, kingbirds, Say’s Phoebes, Western Wood-Pewees, Swainson’s Hawks–is ending, too.
And another new dragonfly for me:
There are two bare (some would say dead) aspens in our back yard. The birds love them. Here’s a sampling from this afternoon: