Back to checking out the local birds of the western slope of Colorado. What I have found since being here is that you never know what … or where … you ‘re going to find our feathered friends.
Case in point, while visiting a local park, we saw a flock of birds arriving at the lake. I looked and immediately declared (to myself) that these were glossy ibis. After a quick check for CO birds, I noticed that they don’t get glossy ibis like we did in Florida. Rather, these were white-faced ibis. Very similar except for the white colored face … both species though are very beautiful with their iridescent feathers, especially in the light.Common terns also call my new area home and often seen flying overhead.One species that we never see in FL (I guess one should never say “never”) are the western grebes. These birds tend to summer with us and are quite beautiful, especially with that red eye that they possess.American wigeon taking off across the lake.Of course, raptors pass through in numbers too. Take the American kestrel for example … always flying by seemingly in such a hurry.Along the water’s edge one can find an assortment of shorebirds, such as this wonderful spotted sandpiper.Up in the trees, yellow warbler congregate as they flutter in an out of the branches.Western kingbirds are quite the noisy bunch and difficult to miss when they are present. This male black-headed grosbeak is a routine visitor as well.While a western kingbird is a type of flycatcher, we also have ash-throated flycatchers. I just love their head feather crest.Of course, closer to home, I can always count on the house finch, as well as a variety of other sparrows and finches. We had so many outdoor cats in our neighborhood in FL, so we never did the bird feeders, but we have here … and also the bird bath fountain, which is a personal favorite of mine to observe. 🙂Next up: 3 letters … beings with “f” and they get me quite excited when I see them.
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