Where have all the birds gone?

Look at this picture. Look at it closely. Count the number of birds in it. How many did you find? If you counted zero, nada, zilch, you are not alone. Since before Thanksgiving, I have seen very few birds at our feeders. In an email to Hugh Kingery, of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver,Continue reading “Where have all the birds gone?”

Thanksgiving Dinner

There are two animals in this picture. Can you find them? The first is relatively obvious. The second may take some searching. There are two creatures in this tree. Can you find them both? I took this photo on Thanksgiving Day. I noticed the hawk in the tree as we were getting our own dinnerContinue reading “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Some loose, some win.

This is the time of year when the sun gets low in the horizon. The change in light must make our windows appear clear to birds visiting our feeders. One of the visitors has learned to take advantage of this problem. We have all sorts of birds come to our feeders — house sparrows, finches,Continue reading “Some loose, some win.”

Hungry Hummer Can’t Wait

By Wednesday night, we’d had four inches of rain on Green Mountain, and the birds were cold, wet and hungry. The hummingbirds seemed especially desperate, as I suspect that all that rain has diluted the nectar in the flowers. The hummers were haunting our feeders, which I noticed, actually had more liquid in them thanContinue reading “Hungry Hummer Can’t Wait”

Don’t kill the snake!

Lately, as I go up to check on my Project Budburst site on Apex trail, I have met a lot of people with golf clubs. Since there are no putting greens on the trail, I have to assume that the clubs are brought along for another reason. The only reason I can think of isContinue reading “Don’t kill the snake!”

High Summer Humidity in Colorado = Thunderstorms

My son, in his first days as a freshman at Colorado State University, overheard some kids from Washington State commenting on how they loved the dry heat. He laughed. Yesterday was one of the most humid we’ve had in a humid-for-Colorado summer. How humid was it? At 4:00, when it is usually about 10-15% humidity,Continue reading “High Summer Humidity in Colorado = Thunderstorms”

Gorgeous Great-Tailed Grackles

We had a small flock of great-tailed grackles make a stop in the back yard this fall. I don’t usually think of grackles as beautiful. Loud, yes. Messy, sure. But these birds were gorgeous. Two-tone iridescent blue on their heads, bronze on their backs and purple on their wings. They must have all been males,Continue reading “Gorgeous Great-Tailed Grackles”

Yellow flowers brighten November days

Do the grey skies of November have you down? Are you missing the colors of fall’s leaves? Don’t despair. There is one plant that is still blooming after hard frosts have killed everything else – rubber rabbitbrush. Rubber rabbitbrush, a light green shrub about three feet tall, blooms in late fall – September through November.Continue reading “Yellow flowers brighten November days”

Birds flee drought areas

I have seen more different birds at my feeders than I ever have before in the summer. In addition to the usual house sparrows, house finches, American and lesser goldfinches, mourning and collared doves, house wrens and dramatic raids by Cooper’s hawks, we’ve had white-crowned nuthatches, chickadees, spotted towhees and black-headed grosbeaks – birds thatContinue reading “Birds flee drought areas”

BioBlitz 2012 — Mountain Pine Beetles

For the afternoon session of Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz 2012, my son and I learned about mountain pine beetles from Dave Leatherman, retired Colorado State Forest Service entomologist. We met in an old ponderosa savanna near the Lawn Lake Alluvial Fan. Mountain pine beetles have been in the news for the past few yearsContinue reading “BioBlitz 2012 — Mountain Pine Beetles”