On a walk during lunchtime in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I had good looks at three different birds. The first two are here year-round; the last is a winter guest.
This morning I spent a few hours wandering through the Bear Creek Greenbelt. At the far west, near the golf course, I saw a Northern Pintail:
A couple of other birds nearby:
Red-winged Blackbirds are now singing:
This morning I joined a bird walk at Chatfield State Park led by Joey Kellner. One highlight was seeing a pair of Rough-legged Hawks soaring overhead:
After work I braved the Bear Creek Greenbelt–it was about 12 degrees and windy. I found the American Dipper again. Two views:
In the late afternoon I ventured down into the Bear Creek Greenbelt. It was overcast, in the mid 20’s, and just beginning to snow. It was fairly quiet, but this American Dipper was energetically diving into the water, seeking a meal.
On a raptor-watching trip in Adams County with Chuck Aid we saw a few raptors.
On an early lunch walk with my better half and the dog, we saw a Great Blue Heron along Bear Creek:
The Great Blues are the greenbelt’s largest year-round bird. After work we saw a flock of Bushtits, which are the greenbelt’s smallest bird at this time of year (even in summer, they’re shorter in length than some of the hummingbirds) . Here’s one:
Here’s a second Blue Great Heron:
In the Bear Creek Greenbelt this Great Blue Heron settled in a tree after an off-leash border collie splashed into the creek, causing the heron and Canada Geese to take off in fright.
Today I joined a Denver Field Ornithologists field trip, led by David Suddjian, to Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties. These are sparsely populated places with little water. This abandoned building captures the mood:
Yet in Cheyenne County we saw nearly three dozen Common Redpolls. Here are some:
And in Kiowa County we saw Chihuahuan Ravens and Lapland Longspurs. Here’s one of the latter:
This morning we took the dog for a long walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. At the pond that never freezes we saw over a hundred Canada and Cackling Geese, plus eight American Wigeons.
We kept heading west. Between the two Kiplings we watched three male Hooded Mergansers put on a courtship display for two females.
We walked along the singletrack heading west from Kipling Parkway. Just off the trail we spotted a Pacific Wren:
High in a tree above a Great Blue Heron surveyed Bear Creek.
On our walk back home, along the singletrack that heads east from Kipling St., we got a better look at an American Wigeon: