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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    January 16, 2019 

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... Full story

 

Birds of El paso County

Editor's Note: Over the past year we have heard from numerous readers that they cut out and save Doug Harling's Birds of El Paso County columns each week. Knowing this, we invited Doug to share some...

 

Early Birds

It's getting close to that time of year again for Great Horned Owls to nest and lay eggs. Most Great Horned Owls won't nest until mid to late January. The mama featured in this week's column has been...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Talons are the sharp claw at the end of a birds toe. Where we have fingernails or toenails, birds have talons. Talons are used for different purposes on different birds. The main purpose on all birds...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Raptor pellets in the birding world refer to undigested parts of the food that raptors eat. The contents of a pellet depends on the raptor’s diet. Science classes around the world use the pellets...

 

The Raptors Are Pairing Up

This is my favorite time of year! Of course I love the beautiful colors of fall in Colorado but when the leaves are gone, it is time to find the raptors. Larger birds have longer gestation period so m...

 

Don't Throw the Pumpkins Out

Don't throw the pumpkins out! Pumpkins are good for much more than just pies and Jack-o'-lanterns! This is pumpkin season. People use them for decorations, pies, muffins and other treats. Even if you...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Fall migration is winding down. You may get lucky and find a few last minute travelers. We are lucky to be the migration destination for very beautiful raptors. Today, I'd like to talk about a couple...

 

Birds of El Paso County

They are back! Well It’s Blue Jay time again. Not that they really leave us during the summer, they just stay much more secluded. Blue Jays will stay in nesting and breeding areas most of the year... Full story

 

Black-capped chickadees

Well, surely we have all seen these little cuties while we were out walking on the trails or sitting in the park. Black-capped chickadees are part of the Tit family of birds and it is the state bird...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Yellow-headed blackbird Just when you thought blackbirds were kind of dull and plain looking, along comes the Yellow-headed blackbird to change all of that. I first saw Yellow-headed blackbirds when...

 

Long-eared Owls

Long-eared Owls are not as easy to find as the Great Horned Owls, but we do have them in El Paso County. Like the Great Horned Owls, the Long-eared Owls are nocturnal. All nocturnal owls are harder...

 

Birds of El Paso County

The Merlin is our second largest Falcon in El Paso County. Smallest to largest Falcons you will see in our area are The American Kestrel, Prairie Merlin, Prairie Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon. The...

 

Birds of El Paso County

They need our help! Well, this year has been so hard on many of our El Paso County residents. My prayers go out to you all. I hope everyone had insurance and the rebuilding has begun. I know it has...

 

Rock Pigeons

Not the most exotic bird, the Rock Pigeon can vary so much in color they are sure to catch the eye. Next to Sparrows, you probably see more Rock Pigeons around your yard and on your house than any oth...

 

Juvenile Bald Eagle

The majestic Bald Eagle. Hard to believe that the eagle in these photos is only a few months old. A juvenile Bald Eagle can easily be mistaken for an adult Golden Eagle or a large hawk. If you make a...

 

Calliope Hummingbirds

"Little Star" was the name given to this Hummingbird. This beautiful little Hummingbird's greek name is (Stelasporus Calliope) and was once considered part of the (Stellula) group of Hummingbirds...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 25, 2018

Rufous Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbird is named for its distinctive color. Rufous, meaning reddish brown, are one of the easier hummingbirds to identify at first sight. Although the Rufous hummingbird is mostly seen...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 11, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

If you've played sports under the park lights at night, there a good chance you've seen Nighthawks gracefully flying around. The Nighthawk is mostly nocturnal. You can look for them flying around in t...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 4, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

Well, it's been a week of record-breaking heat. The wildlife and birds need you more than ever right now. Water, water, water! I can't stress enough about the need for water. One of my columns last...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 27, 2018

When to Rescue

With nestling season in full bloom and the recent hailstorm in our area, I found it most appropriate to write about when and how to rescue birds and wildlife. This is the time of year that much of...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 6, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

The Northern Flicker is in the woodpecker family. There are two variants of this bird in North America. To the East, you'll find the yellow shafted Northern Flicker and to the West, you'll find the...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 30, 2018

Juniper Titmouse

Some names say it all. The Juniper Titmouse does for sure. This tiny little songbird with its tufted head and long tail may look bigger than it really is. From the Chickadee family of birds, this litt...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 23, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

The Lesser Goldfinch is a very small songbird. It is noticeably smaller than its relative, the American Goldfinch. Together, the Lesser, American and the Lawrence's Goldfinch form the Goldfinch clan....

 

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