October 30, 2022

This morning I co-led, with David Suddjian, a Denver Field Ornithologists trip to Bear Creek Lake Park.   We saw two species of sparrows that return to Colorado in fall:

American Tree Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)

We had distant views of five Western Grebes on the reservoir, and we also counted three American Dippers, including this one:

American Dipper

In the afternoon I walked in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  For only the second time ever, I saw a Hairy Woodpecker there:

Hairy Woodpecker

I heard a Townsend’s Solitaire, and tracked it down:

Townsend’s Solitaire

Both White-crowned Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows were present.  Here’s one of the latter:

American Tree Sparrow

The Northern Shrike appears to be making the greenbelt home for the winter:

Northern Shrike

Finally, I’m always heartened to see our resident, banded female Red-tailed Hawk.  Here she is on her usual perch:

Red-tailed Hawk