July 27, 2020

This morning on an early morning jog, before I even left my neighborhood I heard a Great Horned Owl hooting down below in the greenbelt.  East of Estes on the Bear Creek Trail I heard one making a plaintive squawk/screech, repeatedly.  It was high in a bare tree, calling away.  I spotted a second–and silent–Great Horned Owl a short distance away on a bare limb of an otherwise leafy tree.  As I continued jogging east on the Bear Creek Trail, an owl flew in front of me and alighted in a stand of trees on the south side of the trail.  Mist hung above the field on both sides of the trail.  As I approached the lone standing tree on the south side of the trail, another owl swooped over Bear Creek Trail and alighted on one of its branches.

This afternoon my friend in Morrison invited me over to see the male Rufous Hummingbird who had shown up in her yard.  He was extremely territorial about a red-glassed nectar feeder, and repeatedly drove away any Broad-tailed Hummingbird who dared land there.

Rufous Hummingbird (male)