Eldorado Falls at Walker Ranch, Boulder CO. July 21, 2017

We visited this trail last year too; starting from the Ethel Harrold Trailhead. It is pretty steep and on the way out you are going down into the valley toward the falls. Means we had to leave plenty of time and energy for the return trip. We did not get all the way to the falls themselves. Starting elevation was about 6,900ft and the bottom about 6,560ft.

Pretty good bird sightings; few photos turned out well though. I now forget, but I think we also saw a Bald Eagle circling around on this day on the way to our hike.

Black-capped Chickadee
Lesser Goldfinch
Black-billed Magpie
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Stellar’s Jay
American Crow

Chickadee, probably Black-capped
Chickadee, probably Black-capped
Colorado Chipmunk
Colorado Chipmunk. This colorful critter made a dash across the rocks at the creek.

Montrose Point, 2016 March 27

1:35 – 3:05pm
Conditions: Overcast, rain approaching. 57° F.

We saw 22 different species today in 1.5 hours at the hedge. Here is the list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28584539.

Highlights: Winter Wrens (a first for us), Fox Sparrows (also a first), Mourning Dove, and an American Kestrel. I wish I had a good picture to share of the Kestrel but it was not to be. Participate in my frustration!

Winter Wren
Winter Wren. Only decent photo I got.
Song Sparrow
Perfect portrait of a Song Sparrow. (Photo: my wife.)
American Robin
This young Robin was photogenic (Photo: my wife.)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee back in the hedge. First we saw this year. (Photo: my wife.)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee (Photo: my wife.)
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee (Photo: my wife.)
Fuzzy Fox Sparrow
First Fox Sparrow this year. (Photo: my wife.)
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Photo: my wife.)
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Photo: my wife.)
American Kestrel
Photo sans head of the American Kestrel. The quality of the photo was the best of the lot, but no head!
American Kestrel
The great, blurry American Kestrel.
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
American Kestrel

Montrose Point, 2016 Feb 27

Feb 27, 2016 1:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Conditions: sunny, 47°, winds 10-20mph.

Ring-billed Gull 10
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 12
European Starling 10
American Tree Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 2
House Sparrow 80

Saw at least two mallards and a large number of other ducks that were too far away to be identified.  I would have liked to get a better look because people are reporting Common Goldeneyes.  Could have been that, and I thought there may have been Scaups in the mix.

Female Cardinal. We saw 6 males and 4 females.
Female Cardinal. We saw 6 males and 4 females.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Black-capped Chickadee. Near the entrance to the Magic Hedge someone had spread a bunch of seeds. Most of the sparrows, chickadees, and cardinals were here.

Montrose Point, April 4

Black-capped Chickadee. There were a lot of these present.
A Brown Creeper my wife spotted.
A Horned Grebe. These have been around for several weeks.
Nothern Flicker. These too are hanging out for now.
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Hard to get this picture through all the branches. My wife spotted this one. First one of the season for us.

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Conditions: 57°, windy, 3:00-4:30pm
Ring-billed Gulls (loads)
Canadian Geese
R-b Mergansers
Horned Grebe (5+)
Brown Creeper (1)
R-w Blackbirds
Northern Flicker (2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Black-capped Chickadees (lots)