Early May Sightings

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

Spotted Sandpiper

The Beavers were out again. They’re creating a lot of ponds around here.

Black-billed Magpie

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.

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