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 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 Full story

 

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

 

The Heat Is On

Extreme weather is one of the leading causes of death in wildlife. Just like with humans, the youngest and the oldest are the most at risk. This week, the temperatures in parts of... — Updated 8/21/2019

 

Flying Kites

If you live around Fountain, Security and Widefield, you've probably seen the Kites flying. Mississippi Kites that is. This area of El Paso County is the migration destination for... — Updated 8/14/2019

 

Birds of El Paso County

It's been a great year of seeing raptors finding new mates and others reconnecting with lifelong loves. I've watched owls take over a new nest only to have it fall apart and be... — Updated 8/7/2019

 

Learning to Fly

This is the best time of year to get out and watch for the many different raptor babies learning to fly and hunt. These birds grow so very fast. They seem to go from babies in the n... — Updated 7/31/2019

 

Birds of El Paso County

I know I have written a couple of columns on the local Burrowing Owls. It turns out that it was a good thing I found them, both for my enjoyment and for the owls’ well being.... — Updated 7/24/2019

 

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... — Updated 7/3/2019

 

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... — Updated 6/26/2019

 

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 neighborho... — Updated 6/19/2019

 

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 ar... — Updated 6/12/2019

 

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... — Updated 6/5/2019

 

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