Category Archives: Scenery

Fall Leaves

We headed up into the mountains to see the fall colors. We decided on a prettier place, rather than just going where we were likely to see a lot of trees—and where everyone else goes. We headed to Elevenmile Canyon. … Continue reading

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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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Rainbow Gulch

Based on lists by other birders, this is the go-to place for high-mountain species in El Paso County. I went early on a Friday that was forecasted to get up to 90°. The Rainbow Gulch Trail is about a mile-and-a-half-long … Continue reading

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Catamount Reservoir

I hiked to Catamount Reservoir from Green Mountain Falls—a hike I’ve made twice before with coworkers and friends. It was a beautiful day, although a bit warm and the trails were crowded. A touch of altitude sickness prevented me from … Continue reading

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Back to Elevenmile Canyon

When I looked at my Eleven Mile Canyon bird list after my last visit, I saw that I was only four birds away from to top of the list of most species seen there. And there is a trail to … Continue reading

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