This was a wonderful hike for us. Mostly an easy slope up on the way out, making getting back to the car a nice low-difficulty proposition. Lovely surroundings, though the creek was entirely dried up except for one very small stretch. We went approximately one and a quarter miles out and gained about 500 feet of altitude (from 8,200 to 8,692 ft according to this topographical map.)
We saw and heard many more birds than we were able to get photos of. Lesser Goldfinches and Mountain Chickadees were seen near the starting point and heard, particularly the chickadees, for about half of the hike. We only have one bird picture from this that is at all decent – the Northern Flicker (red-shafted), of which there were a nesting pair in a tree not far off the trail. We could not find the nest, but the chicks were loud when a parent was nearby.
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.
Almost warm day on April 1st; cool to cold and overcast on April 2nd.
The highlight was on April 1st, when we saw the European Goldfinch. It is not native to North America and there is speculation that several years ago a bunch were released in south-east Wisconsin. I have the two photos of the Goldfinch on ebird for April 1, as well as a recording of its song.
There were many flickers around, tons of R-W blackbirds – one which attacked a woman (she was unharmed), reports and possible sighting of a Western Meadowlark, many Eastern Phoebes and White-breasted Nuthatches, as well as several Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Ruby-crowned as well. At the shoreline next to the dog beach on April 1, we saw three Killdeer. Also fun, a chickadee landed on my wife’s hat and tried to sample some decorative beads.
Much like the day before. We also saw our first and second female Red-winged Blackbird. Really happy to get some good photos of the Brown Creeper.
Brown Thrasher (many, 10+ perhaps)
Northern Flicker (2+)
Eastern Towhee (1 male + 3+ females – another birder said “Rufous-sided” concensus was Eastern)
Cardinals (fending off Grackles)
House Sparrows, Starlings, R-w Blackbirds (m + f)
Large quantities of:
Robins (noticeably more around)
Not able to positively id:
Wren (House? Winter?)
Y-b Sapsucker or Downy Woodpecker
Warbler (green/yellow eye ring not all the way around, high up – Nashville or Mourning or Connecticut Warbler?)
Glimpse of very small warbler