Category Archives: Nature and the Outdoors


Took the day off work to bird Lake Chatfield State Park. It was a mistake. Forest fire haze was awful, it was hot, and the birds weren’t moving. Forster’s Terns Killdeer

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Manitou Lake

I spent a couple of afternoon hours looking for a rare Common Black Hawk. After I saw it, I walked the trail around the lake. There were several fall sparrows feeding together along the shore. They gave me some i.d. … Continue reading

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Bird #555 — Common Black Hawk

buteogallus anthracinus Saturday, September 12, 2020 — 1:47 pm Teller County, Colorado — Manitou Lake Recreation Area I was birding at Chatfield State Park and got in a conversation with two other birders. One of them was on the phone … Continue reading

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The Last Days of Summer

I tend to think of Barn Swallows as beautiful, graceful, friendly birds. But look the two in the next photo in the eyes, and I think you’ll be reminded that they are, in fact, predators.

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Where to See a Magpie

If you had one day to see a magpie, and seeing a magpie was your life’s ambition, I would take you to the creek. In the evening, the magpies gather in the branches of a dead willow . Mostly they … Continue reading

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