This morning three Red-tailed Hawks were active in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, west of Estes. It was a gray, overcast day with temps just below 40 degrees, and a little breeze.
I was able to photograph two of the hawks–neither of them part of the resident pair.
Here’s one of them:
Here’s the other:
This morning I joined the walk that Joey Kellner leads monthly at Chatfield State Park. Townsend’s Solitaires were conspicuous. Here’s one after juniper berries:
Joey delighted us all by spotting a Chestnut-sided Warbler. Photographing it was challenging:
Most of the leaves have now fallen from the trees in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, which opens up possibilities to see more birds. Here’s a Red-tailed Hawk that is neither the resident female nor male. It’s possible it could be their sole offspring this year. The last time I saw this year’s offspring, it looked like this: Red-tailed Hawk Nestling on May 20, 2021
Today on a lunch walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I found a collection of a dozen waterfowl:
Ten Ring-necked Ducks, one Redhead, and one Mallard
The two female Ring-necked Ducks:
Along Bear Creek an American Dipper perched:
A couple of dragonflies are still hanging on:
After work I led my better half to the part of Bear Creek where I’d seen the American Dipper earlier. We couldn’t find it from the south bank, but a while later when we walking along the north bank, I found it again:
A deer was heading west along the south bank:
In the last week I saw in the Bear Creek Greenbelt my first-of-season Yellow-rumped Warbler. A single bird, and on one day only.
Also the other day my better half and I saw a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings. Today during a lunch walk I saw the Cedar Waxwings, who, along with several American Robins, were busy eating berries.
Today I saw my first-of-season American Dipper in the greenbelt:
After work I took another walk and saw several first-of-season waterfowl at the greenbelt:
Eight Hooded Mergansers, fifteen or so Canada Geese, and numerous Mallards were also on the horseshoe pond by the Stone House.
For the first time in several weeks I spotted a Cooper’s Hawk:
I’ve been seeing American Kestrels west of Estes lately. Here’s one above a prairie dog town:
Finally, here are a couple of shots of probably the last dragonflies in the area this year:
This morning I joined a DFO (Denver Field Ornithologists)-sponsored birding outing to Standley Lake. Here are a few of the smaller birds we saw:
American Tree Sparrow
Scenes from a Denver Field Ornithologists trip to Boulder County today:
View from Walden Ponds
Another view from Walden Ponds, a little later
Bald Eagle (immature)
Golden Eagle appearing to dog a Bald Eagle (immature)
One of two raccoons we saw at the “raccoon condos” during our mid-morning walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt:
On an afternoon walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I spotted three adult Red-tailed Hawks in a single bare tree. Two of them, on the left-hand side of the tree, were very vocal–they appeared to be screaming at each other. The third, by itself on the right-hand side of the tree, was quiet.
After looking at the pictures, I saw that one of the two vocal ones was banded–the resident female. I did not recognize the second vocal one or the third one, both of which have lighter eyes, indicating they may be younger adults.
Resident female Red-tailed Hawk (when I zoomed in on the band, I could read the numbers 9573)
Red-tailed Hawk (light eyes, pale feathers above the beak)
Red-tailed Hawk (light eyes)
In Bear Creek this afternoon:
Great Blue Heron