Monthly Archives: August 2022

August 24, 2022

After work I walked in the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a couple of hours.  It was hot, and not so easy to spot birds.  For starters, they’re not singing.  Still, I saw 21 different species, including these two:

Say’s Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

August 21, 2022

This morning my better half and I walked the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  The City of Lakewood has been busy as beavers in making (what they call) improvements to the Bear Creek Trail.  They’ve ripped up the concrete trail most of the way from Estes to Kipling St.  They’ve also set the stage to install another bridge at the halfway point between these streets.  The City has essentially dammed up the creek just west of the current bridge and put down large rocks in the creek just east of the new dam.

We saw two of the juvenile Cooper’s Hawks, including this one, calling loudly for a food delivery:

Cooper’s Hawk

At the magic tree we saw a few hummingbirds, as well as several Bushtits.

Bushtit

On the walk back up to our neighborhood we saw several Say’s Phoebes.  Here’s one:

Say’s Phoebe

And here’s a female Western Tanager who happened to stop by:

Western Tanager

We also saw a couple of Brewer’s Sparrows, the first time we’ve seen them in the greenbelt.

Brewer’s Sparrow

August 20, 2022

Today I joined an Evergreen Audubon birding trip, led by Chuck Aid, to Lost Creek in Clear Creek County.

The birding was very subtle as we walked along the Lost Creek Trail . . . by ear, we picked out a Brown Creeper, Pygmy Nuthatches, and Red Crossbills (flying overhead).  The morning was cool, slightly misty.  We saw an abundance of mushrooms and wildflowers, including clover, knick knick, and a very late-blooming columbine.  Here’s a stump that caught my eye:

Stump along Lost Creek Trail

We were just a few minutes away from where we were parked when one eagle-eyed participant caught sight of a Long-eared Owl perched maybe ten feet high and maybe ten feet off the trail.  I raised my camera, but too late to get a good shot.Not far from the cars we saw (and heard–especially the juvenile Hairy, which was begging loudly) a number of insect-eating birds:  Hairy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, and American Three-toed Woodpeckers.  (Woodpeckers, like most birds here in North America, generally have four toes, and woodpeckers generally have a zygodactylic arrangement to their toes.)

Here’s an American Three-toed Woodpecker  . . .

American Three-toed Woodpecker

. . . working its way up:

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Here’s a shot showing its three toes:

American Three-toed Woodpecker