The first photo of the Say’s Phoebe was from Viele Lake near where we stayed. The remainder of the photos are from a hike starting at NCAR – the National Center for Atmospheric Research – and getting us just beyond where the Mesa Trail meets the NCAR trail.
Hot day and a lot of the time there was no shade to be had. Clouds came in late, largely after we were done walking around the lake. The same place we were able to photograph the cowbird we also saw a Yellow Warbler. Really tried to get a photo, but to no avail. The photos of the hawk and kestrel were after the walk, seen early on our way to Longmont.
Went for a bike ride on the red bicycles for rent. The first Great Blue Heron was at the intersection of Arapahoe Ave and Foothills Pkwy. Nice, hot, day; somewhat hurried to return the bikes before the next billing day.
A park near where we stayed in Boulder, CO.
Conditions: mid-80s, very low humidity
Many sparrows about. Some firsts, such as the Savannah Sparrow. Saw a beautiful Tree Swallow toward the shore on the 16th. No photo of the Tree Swallow because as soon as it perched, it was chased away by a Red-winged Blackbird.
Things we saw but did not get a good picture of: Brown-headed Cowbird, Mourning Doves (2), Chipping Sparrows, Brown Thrashers, and more.
Got up to 70 degrees today. Overcast; windy at times.
Today we took an early afternoon trip to the hedge. Met two experienced birders who mentioned they are in the Chicago Ornithological Society. They showed us where a red bat (presuming it is an Eastern Red Bat) was perched, sleeping. (It was on the west side of the hedge about half-way up.) Bright colored bat! Like a robin’s breast. And, we saw another bat. This one was on our apartment building. It was probably there, on the outside, because we recently had our roof entirely replaced.
Today was a really nice birding day too. We saw:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (several, including an immature)
Hermit Thrushes (a lot)
Swamp Sparrow (a first for me and my wife)
Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted)
The 7th was cool and windy. The 8th was quite warm and windy.
Today, the 8th, we saw two blue-gray gnatcatchers and a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Those were many flickers in the field and several cormorants flying overhead. In the harbor were Red-breasted Mergansers, American Coots, Lesser Scaups, Horned Grebes, in addition to the typical gulls, Canada Geese, and mallards. There were swallows overhead – at the harbor, I don’t know what kind – nearer the lake were possibly Tree Swallows.
April 7th photos
April 8th photos. My wife was on camera duty today.