Monthly Archives: March 2022

March 30, 2022

On a walk during lunch in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, I saw a male Redhead with a pair of Gadwalls:

Redhead (male Gadwall in background)

Here’s a prototypical Song Sparrow:

Song Sparrow

And a Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s) made an appearance today.   With its dark eyes, it’s an adult, and not one of the Harlan’s I’ve seen over the past several weeks.

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s)

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s)

March 29, 2022

During an early lunch walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, between the bouts of rain, I checked in on mama Great Horned Owl:

Great Horned Owl

Not far away, a Cooper’s Hawk was perched, looking toward what many think is this year’s nest for these hawks:

Cooper’s Hawk

At the footbridge, a pair of Hooded Mergansers were hanging out.  Here’s the female:

Hooded Merganser

And the Blue-winged Teal really likes the area near the park bench beaver dam.  It’s been there feeding for the greater part of a week:

Blue-winged Teal

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the dozen-plus White-crowned Sparrows–all Gambel’s–singing with vigor in a couple of small trees on my way down into the greenbelt.  Today there was a Red-winged Blackbird adding counterpoint to the sparrows’ song.  The sparrows would all stop singing at once.  Then they’d pipe up again, growing louder and louder, until they all fell silent, as if on cue.

Here’s one, an immature individual, as most of them were:

White-crowned Sparrow

I imagine it won’t be long before these birds migrate north to their breeding grounds, taking their song with them.

March 27, 2022

Spring has well and truly begun.  In the morning I hear the American Robins singing in the dark.  The dawn chorus enlivens the Bear Creek Greenbelt–more robins, Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches.

Spring is a time of transition, as this set of birds shows (photographs all taken on this morning’s walk):

Redhead

Cackling Goose

Hooded Merganser (in courtship display)

Great Horned Owl (standing sentry above the nest)

Great Horned Owl in nest

White-crowned Sparrow (one of at least a dozen singing in a single tree)

March 26, 2022

On a late afternoon walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I saw a Harris’s Sparrow with several White-crowned Sparrows:

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

A close-up of a crow:

American Crow

March 25, 2022

Rarely do I see pigeons in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  But with their iridescent feathers, how lovely they can be:

Rock pigeon

At close of day, here’s mama owl looking west:

Great Horned Owl

March 24, 2022

It’s the third windy day in a row.  Today the temperature climbed in the low 60s.  My better half and I took the dog for a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt after work.  The Blue-winged Teal is still present:

Blue-winged Teal

So is the nesting Great Horned Owl east of Kipling St., as well as her mate across the creek.  We searched for the American Dipper, but couldn’t find it.  We did, however, spot an Eastern Phoebe that’s been seen in the greenbelt the last couple of days:

Eastern Phoebe

And as we were making our way back home, we saw the first Turkey Vulture of the season soaring overhead.

March 23, 2022

After work my better half and I walked the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  Mama Great Horned Owl was on her nest:

Great Horned Owl

Papa was across the creek, well-camouflaged in a cottonwood, and facing south, to boot.

The American Dipper was in its usual spot:

American Dipper

A male Blue-winged Teal delighted those who spotted him by the park bench beaver dam:

Blue-winged Teal

March 22, 2022

This afternoon it was breezy in the Bear Creek Greenbelt, and the wind was cold.  The day was overcast, the temps in the low 40s.

Here’s mama owl swaying back and forth in her nest atop a skinny tree:

Great Horned Owlswai

March 21, 2022

After work my better half and I walked the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  It was Raptor Day, beginning with this Bald Eagle:

Bald Eagle

We also saw a Great Horned Owl on her nest, a Cooper’s Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, and–a first for us–a Prairie Falcon.  It was on top of the speaker, scarfing down a meal:

Prairie Falcon

And here’s Manky!

Manky Mallard

March 20, 2022

On this, the first day of spring, I went on a bird walk led by Laura Steadman at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, in Boulder County.  We saw 37 species of birds, as well as some interesting bird behavior, such as a Bushtit eating a moth and a Belted Kingfisher eating a sizable fish.

Here’s how lovely the day was:

Here’s the best shot of the morning:

Red-tailed Hawk

In the early afternoon I stopped by Bear Creek Lake Park and located two Great Horned Owls sitting on nests.  Here’s one:

Great Horned Owl