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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 3, 2019

Downy Woodpecker

One of my favorite woodpeckers to see is the Downy Woodpecker. These woodpeckers are very common in El Paso County and can be easily drawn to your backyard habitat. Although they may be common here,...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 26, 2019

Birds of El Paso County

In my opinion, the Steller’s Jay is the most beautiful of all the jays. Although we do not see them in the lower parts of El Paso County, you can find them if you get to the higher grounds- Black...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 19, 2019

Say's Phoebe

The Say’s Phoebe is one of my favorite flycatchers. That may be because they are one of the few flycatchers to frequent our backyards. I have two pair that return to my neighborhood every year. I al...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 12, 2019

Mourning Doves

One of several species of dove that we see in El Paso County are the Mourning doves. The Mourning dove may also be called "the Rain dove" or "the Turtle dove." The Mourning doves are the most common o...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 5, 2019

Oh Babies!!!

Now is time for the little bird babies. Some of you are already seeing birds in nests and maybe even some babies by now. June will be the big month for babies in your yard. There are a few things we...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 29, 2019

Western Tanagers

Migration season is coming to an end. I for one had one of the best season in my habitat ever. Orioles, Grosbeaks, Buntings and finishing it off with Western Tanagers. Last week, I asked readers to...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 22, 2019

The Orioles Did Not Disappoint !

Migration season is almost over. I did a column a few weeks ago on the Bullock's Orioles and how to be ready for their migration. Well, they didn't disappoint! I had a record year with them this year...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 15, 2019

Burrowing Owls

Owls, owls and owls. I just can’t get enough of them! Owls are such a passion of mine. Look up the American Indian zodiac signs and see if you are an owl. I did and I am an owl. Maybe that’s...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 8, 2019

House Wrens

If you love the sound of a songbird singing for a mate then you are going to love the House Wren. One of the smallest songbirds in our area, in a field full of songbirds, the House Wren can sing as...

 

Cooper's Hawk

I thought I'd write about Cooper's Hawks this week since I'm following a mating pair at Fountain Creek Nature Trails. They have been mating at Fountain Creek for several years now. Today's images...

 

Swainson's Hawks

They are back! Welcome back to the plains of Colorado. I spotted my first one this week. The Swainsons Hawks are by far one of my favorite hawks. Maybe it's because they are so patient when being...

 

Rookeries

I got to get out to see our local rookery today! The dictionary definition of "rookery" is "a breeding colony of rooks, typically seen high in a clump of trees. I remember the first time I saw one fro...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    April 3, 2019

Owl and Hawk Walk

It's time for the second annual Owl and Hawk Walk at Fountain Creek Nature Center, this Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Last year's walk was such a hit that the nature center has invited me back again. T...

 

Owlets

It's owlet time! One of my favorite times of the year. Owlets are one of the first birds to hatch each year in El Paso County. The bigger the bird, the earlier they hatch. Owlets need to hatch early,...

 

American Robins - the "Early Birds"

The American Robin says it is spring time! Robins are always the first sign of spring to me and I am seeing them everywhere. Just take a stroll down to a local park and you can't miss the beautiful...

 

The Early Bird Catches the Migrators!

Spring is not far away. Migration of many different types of birds will start in April. May will be the peak of migration. If you wait until you see a migrating bird in your yard to put food out for...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    March 6, 2019

23rd Annual Garden Success Show

This coming weekend is the 23rd annual garden success show at Spencer's Produce, Lawn and Garden Center in Fountain. I was invited by Spencer's to give a seminar on backyard birding and Hummingbirds....

 

Getting Ready for Spring

Spring is not far off. The days are lasting longer and staying warmer. Many people are wanting to get out into the garden. March is a big month for people to spend getting the garden ready for the...

 

Fountain Valley's Bald Eagles

Our local Bald Eagles have been busy this week. If you've had a chance to make a drive around Big Johnson Reservoir in the last week or two, you've probably noticed the resident Bald Eagles being...

 

Respect the Nest

Most of the raptors are nesting by now. Some of the owls I follow already have owlets that have hatched, some are on eggs and some are just now mating. Other raptors like hawks and eagles are paired...

 

What's With all the Hawks?

When I first started my backyard habitat, I hated to see the hawks come. I spend a great deal of money feeding the yard birds and I didn't like seeing some pesky hawk come in for a free meal. I've...

 

It's All in the Eyes!

The eyes are the most intricate part of the raptor. The eyes determine how and when they hunt. The eyes can tell you if a raptor is sick and in most raptors, they can even tell you the raptors age....

 

Seasonal Migration vs Weather Migration

Two things can kick off migration. Seasonal changes and weather changes are the main motivation for every bird. I have had readers ask me this winter about seeing some birds that they thought...

 

Birds of El Paso County

We have already started making plans for my second "Hawking and Owling Walk" at the Fountain Creek Nature Center in April. Last year was a hit so we are going to have a repeat this year. The walk will...

 

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