August 2, 2022

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:

Cooper’s Hawk, calling for a meal delivery

I also saw a Belted Kingfisher:

Belted Kingfisher (female)

I sat and watched a Black-crowned Night Heron for almost a half hour.

Black-crowned Night Heron

At last, it caught a tiny fish:

Black-crowned Night Heron with fish

July 31, 2022

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!

White-tailed Ptarmigan with one of her two chicks

Other notable sightings include a dozen or so Red Crossbills, plus this juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow:

Lincoln’s Sparrow

We saw black bears, moose, elk (a hundred head strong along Trail Ridge Road), and marmots . . . but no pika today.

Consolation marmot pictures:




July 30, 2022

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:

Rufous Hummingbird

Three views of a Cordilleran Flycatcher (in shade):

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher


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.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

July 27, 2022

We’ve had several juvenile Spotted Towhees hanging out in our back yard, along with at least one adult.  Here are three views:

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

July 26, 2022

It’s that time of the year in the Bear Creek Greenbelt . . .

American Bullfrog

. . . when the dawn chorus of birds has put away the songbooks  . . .

Widow Skimmer

. . . and nature-seekers turn their attention . . .

Western Painted Turtle

 . . . to other seasonal inhabitants of the greenbelt.

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.

July 24, 2022

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:

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

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.

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

We heard a couple of Gray Catbirds this morning (though not the Yellow-breasted Chat).

Gray Catbird

While walking back home, we saw an American Robin eating berries.

American Robin

July 23, 2022

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:

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

And even closer looks at Red-naped Sapsuckers, which were checking on sapwells they’d drilled into willows:

Red-naped Sapsucker (female)

Red-naped Sapsucker (female)

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were nearby, hoping to get in on the action at the sapwells.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

We heard plenty of Western Wood-Pewees and Olive-sided Flycatchers (“Quick!  Three beers!” they sing).  Here’s one of the latter:

Olive-sided Flycatcher

We also saw juvenile birds . . . and evidence of juvenile birds.

Western Bluebird bearing a fecal sac away from a cavity nest

Here’s a juvenile Pine Siskin seeking shade on the ground:

Pine Siskin

July 22, 2022

All four juvenile Cooper’s Hawks were in the same tree this morning in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Cooper’s Hawks (only the one, at the bottom right, has prey)

Glamour shots:

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

And for those who are not squeamish:

Cooper’s Hawk with prey

July 21, 2022

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.

Cooper’s Hawk

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.

Mallard duckling

The Black-chinned Hummingbird was on the magic tree:

Black-chinned Hummingbird

And, as yesterday, I couldn’t help tarrying by these blue flowers:

Insect on chicory

Western Honey Bee on chicory

Bee on chicory