Much of our free time towards the end of 2016 was spent in Colorado … for numeorus reasons. Part of it is the efficient flights between Ft. Lauderdale to Denver … inexpensive (if timed just right) and nonstop is possible (always a bonus). A big part of it is the beauty of Colorado … that great mix of wildlife and natural outdoor recreation and gorgeous landscapes. It’s a state that I feel I have only recently touched the surface of, though I have visited numerous times.
There’s something really special about Colorado National Monument, a frequent location to visit when we’ve been out there. The most prominent resident on the Monument is the desert bighorn sheep … a smaller version of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. We were so excited to see a family of sheep. The females have horns, though not the curls like the males possess.
A young one was following not far behind, with the male close behind. The male bighorn totally fascinates me … their magnificent stance, their penetrating stare, their stillness, except for the chewing that seems to be ever-present. The curls of the bighorn “talks” to the experiences and encounters that they have seen. So fascinating! Of course, Colorado has lots more than bighorns. In the fall, mule deer can be spotted sporting their antlers. Most of the time, they’re a bit shy, but once in a while, you get a cooperative subject. Birds are also out and about there, like this beautiful white-crowned sparrow, who was conveniently perched on the vegetation. Some of the cutest, most curious chipmunks can be found atop of the Grand Mesa in western Colorado too. So very cute … and so very fast!I believe that this is a female house finch … but don’t hold me to it. LOL. I’m far from the best bird identifier … even in my home area.
Almost every day ends back up on the Monument … can’t get enough of these desert bighorn sheep. Who could? And the views ain’t too bad either!Then when the sun sets, it lights up the Bookcliffs across the valley. A perfect way to end the day … and the blog post. 🙂
Next Up: Back to the reality of home … more birding
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