Steve and I spent a few days in Durango in early June because a friend recommended it as a good place to take landscape photographs. As you can see in the opening picture of Vallecito Creek, it was indeed a very beautiful area, and where there is unspoilt wilderness there are usually also birds.
Walden, a town of approximately 600 inhabitants in North Park, Colorado, is one of the few places in the state to offer tour packages for Greater Sage-Grouse lek viewing. We chose a one-day package that included lodging, meals, and guided tours of the lek and other nearby locations.
Thanks to everyone who came out and visited our booth at the Hummingbird festival! We really enjoyed talking about birds and nature and appreciated all your wonderful comments about the photos and artwork. Our next scheduled events will be the Monument Hill Farmers Market (on May 25th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at 66 South Jefferson Street) and the Broadmoor Farmers Market (on May 27th from 7:00am to 1:00pm at 315 Lake Ave). All of our photos and artwork are also available online through the Gallery link.
Come join us at the 20th Annual Hummingbird Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Starsmore Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. We are excited to debut matted and framed prints and photo cards at our first art show, and hope you will join us in celebrating these amazing birds!
Feeding American Robins has become a tradition for Mel and I over the last couple of years. We started with fresh berries for the first Robin to appear in the neighborhood, which he seemed to enjoy very much.
Perry Rosenbloom is the creator of allbestbinoculars.com a site dedicated to comprehensive reviews of binoculars, with an emphasis on bird watching. An enthusiast since starting bird watching with has grandfather as a child, Perry also provides information on birding trails in various states. He interviewed me for his Birder’s Corner section, which can be found here and his site can also be accessed form the new links page. Perry’s questions are a great way to remember how you became interested in birds and the great adventures you have had.
The picture at top is form one of our favorite birding moment, described in the interview.
Mel and I ventured out to Lair o’ the Bear Park near Morrison, Colorado in search of the fascinating American Dipper. Dippers are unique among song birds because they find food underwater1, even on a chilly February morning. After spending an hour trudging through snow and ice along the stream, which was mostly frozen over, we had almost given up hope of finding a Dipper. Heading towards the last upstream part of the park, I suddenly recognized the song I had looked up on iBird PRO – there was a Dipper nearby! We walked closer to an open stretch of river with swiftly flowing water with scattered stones breaking the surface. Mel asked “is it that round grayish stone at the side of the stream?” The stone dived, and we had found the Dipper.
We began the new year in the best of company: over 30,000 Light Geese and 8,000 Sandhill Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. We planned this trip hoping to see Sandhill Cranes in closer proximity than we had in Kearney, Nebraska, but we were blown away by the magnificent spectacle of tens of thousands of Light Geese (white and blue phase Snow geese and Ross’ geese) landing and taking off in concert. The Sandhill Cranes were lovely, especially when silhouetted against the setting sun, and the experience was entirely worth the loss of feeling in fingers and toes from standing in the eight degree predawn temperatures waiting for the geese to arrive or in the falling evening temperatures waiting for the cranes to land.
Check out the high definition version of the video Mel made of a Great Horned Owl release that is featured on the Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Indy Give fundraising site (up through December 31, 2012).
The owl was rescued as an owlet and raised with several other great horned owls at the rehab center. Caring for the owls and many other young and injured birds while volunteering at the center has been a greatly rewarding experience for Mel and I.
Thanks to the observant birders who posted a rare bird alert on COBirds, Mel and I were able to locate a Dunlin not far from our house in Colorado. This little bird is someone we would expect to see on vacation in Florida, not in a tiny pond on the prairie. We ventured out to the small drainage ditch/pond and scanned the mudflats exposed by the low water levels due to drought in the area.