Category Archives: Nature and the Outdoors

Morning of Birding

My buddy Joshua from work expressed interest in going birding with me. I picked him up at his house and drove to Olde World Bagel & Deli for breakfast. We spent about two-and-a-half hours at Fountain Creek, then another 45 … Continue reading

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My Accidental Hike

A Pacific Loon was sighted at Chatfield State Park, about an hour north of my house. I drove up on Saturday morning to look for it. I had just gotten to the shore of the lake when I spotted another … Continue reading

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Bird #550 — Eastern Screech-Owl

megascops asio Saturday, November 2, 2019 — 2:16 pm Littleton, Colorado — Ketring Park Chalk this one up to eBird and a friendly birder—and some stubborn persistence on my part. An Eastern Screech-Owl has been hanging out in the same … Continue reading

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Red Rocks Canyon Open Space and a New Camera

I bought a new camera with a ridiculous zoom. I’m learning not to try to take photos on full zoom because I can’t hold it steady enough at that magnification without a tripod, and I don’t want to lug a … Continue reading

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Beaver

I’m kinda sorta training to hike the Incline. I headed to the Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail in the later afternoon. I managed to climb to the top of the upper reservoir without stopping. I even passed three people on the … Continue reading

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Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space

Saturday morning in Colorado Springs was gray, overcast, and damp. I headed for a trail I hadn’t hiked before. It was about 30 miles north of my house, not far from Castle Rock. As soon as I drove over the … Continue reading

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Bird #549 — Northern Pygmy-Owl

glaucidium gnoma Friday, September 20, 2019 — 11:43 am Palmer Lake, Colorado — Pike-San Isabel National Forest — Ice Cave Creek Trail Nate Kauffman and I hiked up to the upper Palmer Lake Reservoir, then made the loop up over … Continue reading

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Is It Still Birding When You Don’t See Many Birds?

Nate is in town for a week. We headed to Denver to bird on Tuesday. Our first stop was Sand Creek, where I saw the Groove-billed Ani 10 days ago. It’s been seen in the general vicinity every day since, … Continue reading

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