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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County: Photographing Birds

Happy November! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather we have been having. I have wanted to do a column on photographing birds for a long time but I truly don't... — Updated 11/2/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Follow the link for the full photo page: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/ftnv_10.5.2022_p._14.pdf The beginning of Fall means migrating birds and changing of colors. When... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County: The Swainson's family

Doug Harling captivates exciting moments of a Swainson's hawk family. Follow the link for the story and photos: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/pdfs/ou... — Updated 9/6/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County: A Hummingbird Nest

This hummingbird mama is checking the eggs in her nest on June 2. See how this hummingbird nest quickly progressed from egg stage to babies leaving the nest. htt... — Updated 7/7/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors
 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Owls Nest

 — Updated 3/1/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

 — Updated 2/1/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County: Reflections

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the prettiest birdie of all? After seeing so many different birds seemingly admiring their own reflections, I decided to research and find out if a... — Updated 2/1/2022

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County Cedar Waxwings

It is great to see the Cedar Waxwings back around. Although they spend the winter in our area, the Cedar Waxwings are not always easy to find. It has been a couple of years since I... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Hawkvember is not an official title, but it is my nickname for the month of November. If you are wanting to see the biggest variety of hawks, November is the month. There are a few... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Fall migration is coming to an end! You will still see some of the bigger raptors and waterfowl migrating, but for the most part, all of the smaller migrating birds have moved on.... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

So, a few weeks ago, I was in my yard taking pictures of hummingbirds. I was leaning against my fence and occasionally looking into some sunflowers in my neighbor's yard to see if a... — Updated 9/1/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Imagine my surprise! Out of all the years I've been birding, I have never seen a Blue Grosbeak until this year. I didn't even know we had them in our area. My first sighting was... — Updated 8/4/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Mississippi Kites are one of my favorite summer visitors. I first learned of the Kites about five years ago. A friend of mine posted some pictures on social media and I was... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

"Don't Mock Me." This week, I did just that! I went out and mocked a Northern Mockingbird. Mock means to "mimic" (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously, tease or make... — Updated 6/2/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

What color are blue jays? The obvious answer might be “blue.” Actually, there is no blue at all on a blue jay! Blue pigment in nature is very rare, but nature can play tricks on... — Updated 5/4/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

March may be one of my favorite times of the year for birding. The big birds are paired up and starting to nest. March is the peak of the nesting season for many owls. Not all owls... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Many birders think that winter is a slow time of year for birds. The truth is, there is as much to look at during the winter as there is in the summer. Cold weather and bare trees... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

I hope everyone has been well! It is good to be back sharing the love of birds with all of you. I just want to start by saying, I've missed you all and I've missed writing the... — Updated 1/6/2021

 

Turkey Vultures

The face only a mother could love, and a few select birding friends! The Turkey Vultures are on the move. The fall migration of the Turkey Vulture is on. Many of you in El Paso... — Updated 10/9/2019

 

Birds of El Paso County

I have spent countless hours searching the trees and the skies. I rarely go out without finding something worth snapping photos of. However, some days can be slow and discouraging.... — Updated 9/25/2019

 

Want Jays?

I'm starting to see my first Blue Jays of the year this week. Although Blue Jays are around all year, they never make much of an appearance in my yard until fall. Depending on how... — Updated 9/18/2019

 

Is it a Sign?

What a beautiful surprise our family had this week. While we were sitting at the kitchen table, out of nowhere, this beautiful white dove landed on our owl statue only feet from... — Updated 9/11/2019

 

I'm Not a Hummingbird

Have you mistaken me for a hummingbird? Don't feel alone. Many people have mistaken these Hawk moths as hummingbirds. Habitat, flight patterns and overall look have these moths... — Updated 9/4/2019

 

Molting

Molting in birds occurs when a bird sheds old worn out feathers and they get replaced by new plumage. Molting can be just a partial loss of feathers or all feathers in some birds.... — Updated 8/28/2019

 

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