New Bird at The Feeder

We had a newly identified bird at the feeder yesterday — a female Cassin’s Finch. The reason I say “newly identified bird” is because all these female finches look a lot alike, and when they are flitting about in a flock at the feeder, it’s hard to realize that I’ve got more than my averageContinue reading “New Bird at The Feeder”

2022 Pika Patrol, Part Two

My husband and I went up to our second pika site, this one on Halfmoon Creek above Leadville, Colorado, last week, looking for the little rabbit-relatives. If you recall, last year we unexpectedly had to walk an extra six miles to the site and back due to a Forest Service road closure. This year, theContinue reading “2022 Pika Patrol, Part Two”

2022 Pika Patrol Part 1

Every year, my husband and I look forward to hiking up to the high country to check on the pika that live there, as part of the Colorado Pika Projects‘ monitoring efforts. We’ve been doing it for five years now, but when pressed by friends as to what it is that we enjoy so much,Continue reading “2022 Pika Patrol Part 1”

Cooper’s Hawk Snags a Finch

Trigger warning: The small bird died. I was getting ready to start making dinner last night when I saw a shadow swoop over the back porch, low, fast and dark. When I looked up, I saw a squirrel running down the top rail of the fence faster than I have ever seen a squirrel runContinue reading “Cooper’s Hawk Snags a Finch”

Patterns in Nature

I started off thinking this post was going to be about the fact that sunflowers make two different kinds of flowers, which I think is really interesting. When we think of sunflowers, we think of the big showy flowers around a central disk. But the disk is made up of flowers, too! And actually, theContinue reading “Patterns in Nature”

Hummer migration

You know I love hummingbirds. I love to see them and I love to photograph them. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to watch them, at least. I’ve been getting up just before dawn (5:30 MDT) and can see them at a feeder in the garden. Photographing them has been a little tougher — at thatContinue reading “Hummer migration”

Pollinator Week: Hummingbirds

My last post for this week (I have no photos of pollinating bats, unfortunately), is of hummingbirds. Hummers are another favorite subject of mine. They are so earnest as they go zipping about their business. I have come to the conclusion that although musk thistles are considered a noxious, invasive weed in the west becauseContinue reading “Pollinator Week: Hummingbirds”

Pollinator Week — Bees

One of the pollinators we are most familiar with are bees. I love to take pictures of these gals — no idea why. But they have given me some of my very best photos. Bees are special among insects because they are covered in hairs. The hairs pick up pollen for them. Bees go fromContinue reading “Pollinator Week — Bees”