Monthly Archives: June 2019

June 30, 2019

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:

Cooper’s Hawk

June 24, 2019

Early this morning a friend and I headed to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike.

Elk in a field
Bull elk
Baby moose
Mama moose
Pine squirrel
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
Red-naped Sapsucker
White-crowned Sparrow
American Pipit

We also saw Pine Siskins, Scrub Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, Mountain Chickadees, Steller’s Jays, and Hairy Woodpeckers, including this one feeding its young:

Hairy Woodpecker

June 23, 2019

The female Cooper’s Hawk was keeping an eye out near the nest this morning:

Cooper’s Hawk

A Mallard was keeping track of her eight ducklings. Here she is with four of them:

Mallard and ducklings

June 21, 2019

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:

Cooper’s Hawk chicks

Here’s a grouping of three chicks:

Cooper’s Hawk chicks

On the way back home, I saw a Common Merganser sitting on a log with a couple of male Mallards.

Common Merganser

June 20, 2019

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:

Cooper’s Hawk chick

June 16, 2019

To Alderfer/Three Sisters to hike early this morning. Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were everywhere:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

We saw a small selection of mammals:

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
Mule Deer

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.

Coyote with prairie dog

The back yard is full of House Wrens and House Finches. Here’s one of the latter:

House Finch (male)

And here’s a Common Grackle in the same tree:

Common Grackle

June 15, 2019

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.