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April 13, 2024

This morning at Rocky Mountain Arsenal:

American Avocets

Bald Eagle

Bison taking a dust bath

At an urban park:

Eastern Screech Owl

In the mid-afternoon in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, all the owls looked hot and cranky:

Great Horned Owls

April 12, 2024

All three owlets in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Great Horned Owlets

Another view:

Great Horned Owlets

Mama Great Horned Owl was across Bear Creek, preening:

Great Horned Owl

A dapper Song Sparrow:

Song Sparrow

April 11, 2024

In the Bear Creek Greenbelt, the Great Horned Owl nest is crowded these days, especially when one of the owlets stretches its wings:

Great Horned Owlet

Mama Great Horned Owl remains off the nest most of the time.  She does some wing-stretching herself.

Great Horned Owl (female)

Motherhood is tiring:

Great Horned Owl (female)

And messy, requiring clean-up:

Great Horned Owl (female)

Great Horned Owl (female)

April 10, 2024

At lunchtime I took a bike ride and ran across a Golden Eagle, perched above a prairie dog town, in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.

Golden Eagle

After work I returned to the greenbelt.

Great Horned Owlet

Mama Great Horned Owl was off the nest, perched in a tree across Bear Creek.  Here she is stretching, and perched:

Great Horned Owl (female)

The Cinnamon Teal were still in Bear Creek.

Cinnamon Teal (male)

Cinnamon Teal (male)

Cinnamon Teal (female)

And here’s a Mallard drake with a bum wing:

Mallard

In the Smaller Bird Department:

White-breasted Nuthatch

April 9, 2024

Two of the Great Horned Owlets in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Great Horned Owlets

Mama Great Horned Owl is off the nest more often these days.  But she is watchful.

Feeding time:

Great Horned Owl feeding owlet

A pair of Cinnamon Teal in Bear Creek:

Cinnamon Teal

April 7, 2024

The day started very windy, but the Great Horned Owl nest in the Bear Creek Greenbelt was still intact, with all three owlets.  Here’s one:

Great Horned Owlet

Mama Great Horned Owl was off the nest, preening.

Female Great Horned Owl preening in the wind

Great Horned Owl preening

Great Horned Owl scratching an itch

Eventually she flew back to the nest with dinner.

Great Horned Owl with vole

Great Horned Owl with vole

Papa Great Horned Owl was nearby, unflappable:

Great Horned Owl (male)

Owls are not the only predators in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Cooper’s Hawk

April 6, 2024

Today there’s a high wind warning and a red flag warning, the latter indicating critical fire weather conditions.  Though it’s sunny, temps are in the mid 40s and the winds are blowing 40-50 mph, with gusts much higher.

Here’s how Papa Great Horned Owl is coping in the Bear Creek Greenbelt this afternoon:

Great Horned Owl (male)

Meanwhile, across the creek Mama Great Horned Owl was hunkered down in the nest with the owlets:

Great Horned Owl nest

Another view:

Owlet snuggled up against Mama Great Horned Owl

Even the waterfowl felt the wind!

Wood Duck

April 5, 2024

This afternoon at the Great Horned Owl nest in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:

Great Horned Owl and owlet

Owlet stretching its wing

The less cramped side of the nest

Tight quarters on the other side of the nest

Mama Great Horned Owl eventually left the nest and flew to the south side of Bear Creek, where almost immediately she was assailed by eight American Crows.

Female Great Horned Owl

Papa Great Horned Owl flew in and drew away the crows.  Mama was able to preen:

Female Great Horned Owl preening

Mama Great Horned Owl stretching her legs.

Great Horned Owl stretching left leg

Great Horned Owl stretching right leg

Meanwhile, at the pond that never freezes (may have to rename this to the scuzzy pond):

Cinnamon Teal (male) in algae

Cinnamon Teal stretching

Cinnamon Teal preening

Cinnamon Teal (female)