New Image Gallery

We occasionally get requests from our clients and friends for a copy of one of our photos taken during our guided tours.  We’ve partnered with Fine Art America to offer some of our favorite images which can be purchased in a wide variety of wall art styles and sizes and many other products.  Thanks...

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Ferruginous Hawk

This beautiful Ferruginous Hawk was soaring along the road to Rabbit Mountain yesterday. This species and Rough-legged Hawk are the only North American hawks with fully feathered legs (plus Golden Eagle.) This photo shows the rusty leg feathers that give rise to its name–“ferrugo” is Latin for “iron rust.”...

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Northern Pygmy-Owl

One of the birds we get a lot of inquiries about is Northern Pygmy-Owl.   We were recently walking in one of our favorite local birding spots.  This morning was pretty quiet bird-wise and it was more walking than birding until a couple of Gray Catbirds caught our attention with their scolding notes.  Looking up...

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Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak is a common summer resident across much of Colorado.  We recently had a chance to photograph a cooperative male bird. This also gave us a chance to explore one of the neat features on the Panasonic G9 camera.  One of the camera options is called Pre-Burst.  Using this setting, we can focus...

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A Tale of Two Grasslands

One of the great experiences of birding in Colorado is visiting both the Pawnee National Grasslands and Rocky Mountain National Park. The title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek for while the Pawnee National Grasslands (PNG) is a true grassland, the alpine tundra found at the highest parts of Rocky Mountain National Park...

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Ferruginous Hawk

December in Colorado – Day One

Many of our Colorado birding tours are focused on north-central Colorado to well-known hotspots including Rocky Mountain National Park and the Pawnee National Grasslands.  In early December, we organized a custom three-day trip that ventured south and west for some of Colorado’s other regional specialities. Jeff from Florida had a very specific list of...

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall Birding in Colorado

Visiting birders to Colorado tend to fall into two main categories: Many come in April for a Colorado “Chicken Tour” to enjoy the grouse, prairie-chickens, and ptarmigan.  Another major wave of birders visit in the breeding season (May-July) for the great variety of Colorado specialities.  But the fall season also offers tremendous birding opportunities....

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Cassin's Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo – An Exercise in ID

Cassin’s Vireo is an interesting bird here in Colorado.  In 1997, the American Ornithologists Union determined that the former Solitary Vireo was actually three separate species and now we have Blue-headed Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, and Cassin’s Vireo.  The default breeding species among this trio in Colorado is the Plumbeous but Cassin’s does migrate through...

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Who Was Woodhouse?

Nice video of Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay in Colorado by Colette MicallefOne of the birds we typically encounter on our Colorado birding tours is Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay. But who in the heck is Woodhouse?Samuel Washington Woodhouse was a surgeon-naturalist from Philadelphia who accompanied a U.S. Army survey expedition in the U.S. Southwest in 1849-1851. During the expedition,...

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