Since moving to Colorado, I have learned a lot about hawks. I’ve learned that not every hawk is a red-shouldered hawk … in fact, out in CO, it’s highly unlikely that any of them would be. 🙂 However, one thing that’s for sure is that all of them are quite remarkable and beautiful.While I thought that Florida had a lot of eagles, there are plenty of them here as well. The biggest difference is that here in CO, we have bald eagles, but we also have golden eagles, which I have found completely fascinating!We also have Cooper’s hawks, in addition to sharp-shinned hawks, which are both smaller hawk species … the type that are likely to hang out in your yard looking for some unsuspecting birds.While in Florida we had eastern screech owls, here we have western screech owls. They are just as beautiful to hear late in the dark of night and even to witness as they peek out of their cavity or owl box dwelling on cold days as they sun themselves. We have so many western screech owls out here … that on the Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count day, the 15-mile circle from Grand Junction, we found 93 of them … the highest in the nation!Sometimes the wildlife is right outside your window, as was in this case. This beautiful sharp-shinned hawk was poised right outside my window standing on our rain gutter downspout.We have a variety of woodpeckers and I was quite delighted when I found this gal at a nearby state park.The rivers are full of a variety of ducks and other water birds … some residents and some migratory. These common merganser ladies are fairly common and often found in the company of other waterfowl.The views ain’t too bad either … as evidenced by this shot of the Book Cliff Mountains … only only of the mountains in our distance, of which we also have the Grand Mesa and the Colorado National Monument.Some nights you can see pairs of predator birds, such as these two bald eagles or great horned owls, as they roost in the early evening. Of course, the sunsets can be quite colorful and very relaxing as well. Ahhh!Yes, western Colorado is quite a magnificent place to call home and is close to many other equally fascinating locales. Yep, we love it here. 🙂
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