On Tuesday, May 5, I went birding in the neighborhood. I spent about half an hour working on getting a good shot of this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Female Red-winged Blackbird
The Beavers were out again. They’re creating a lot of ponds around here.
I took off Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, I went down to Cañon City again. On Tunnel Drive Trail, much slow walking and listening finally led me to a quietly chipping Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
On the trails behind Skyline Drive, I found a male Black-chinned Hummingbird, and although it was too close to midday for good photographs, I did manage to catch of glimpse of the purpose on its throat.
Things were slow along the river walk. The Great Horned Owl was no longer alone on its nest.
A Blue Jay was more cooperative than usual.
The highlight was this Bullock’s Oriole that was foraging slowly and methodically through the branches of a cottonwood.
I also spotted a Lazuli Bunting and had a chance to take one quick shot.
On Thursday, I spent a couple hours at a very-crowded Fountain Creek. I spotted another Bullock’s Oriole.
Several Desert Cottontails
A swallowtail that has seen better days and was missing one of its tails.
And a whole lot of feeding carp.