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 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...

 

Birds of El Paso County

What the House Wren lacks in size, it makes up for in song. The House Wren is a very small songbird with a song that beautifully travels through the air from sunrise to sunset. The House Wren has a...

 
 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....

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 16, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

European Starlings are also known as the Common Starling. Starlings have the largest number of all the songbirds in North America. They were first brought to North America in the nineteenth century...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 9, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

May is migration month at its finest. There are so many new birds coming through. I actually had my first Hummingbird in the habitat on the 28th of April. Keep your eyes open for all the ones that...

 

Birds of El Paso County

The American Goldfinch can be found all over North America and is one of the prettiest song birds to me. The American Goldfinch is the State bird of Iowa and New Jersey. In New Jersey, it is called Th...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Well, migration is starting to pick up. From the end of April into the middle of May will be the best time to spot migrating birds in El Paso County. One of my favorites and the first bird that got...

 

Fountain Valley's Bird Whisperer Shares Passion for Raptors in Class at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The April 7th owl and raptor hike at the Fountain Creek Nature Center was a success. In spite of the cold weather, everyone showed up and made the day a fun time. A few extra layers of clothes, a hot...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    April 4, 2018

Hummimgbirds

It's time to get ready for the return of our smallest winged friends. April and May are when most of our hummingbirds will return to El Paso County. Let's be a step ahead of them and greet them with...

 

Great Blue Herons

Dinosaurs in the sky! If you see something flying that looks like it's out of the Jurassic era, you're probably seeing the Great Blue Herons (GBH) returning for the mating season. Great Blue Herons...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Spring is in the air. It won't be long before many of our beautiful migrating birds come back. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is certainly one to watch for. Warblers can easily be attracted to your...

 

Black-Billed Magpies

Love them or hate them, you must admit Magpies are a beautiful bird. Depending on who you talk to, Magpies are either loved or despised. Also known as The American Magpie and a very common bird to El...

 

Western Meadowlarks

Western Meadowlarks are very common here in El Paso County. If the brilliant yellow chest doesn't give them away, the flute like song will. There are two kinds of meadowlarks, the Eastern and the...

 

Birds of El Paso County

In honor of Valentine's Day, I've decided to focus on one of my favorite mating birds and this is the perfect time to talk about them. This is the time of year that the Great Horned Owls pair up for...

 

Harlan's Red Tail Hawk

Today I'm going to highlight a Red Tail Hawk Subspecies. The Harlan's Red Tail Hawk is a subspecies of the more common Red Tail Hawks we see in El Paso County year round. Subspecies are usually a...

 

Ferruginous Hawks

The Ferruginous Hawk is one of the largest hawks you will see in El Paso County. It is classified as a broad-winged buteo hawk. They are often mistaken for the Rough-legged hawk because of the...

 

Juvenile Raptors

The eyes tell all. With many hawks, it can be hard to tell their age by just looking at them. It is amazing how in less than a year, a raptor can look and hunt just like a well seasoned adult! The...

 

Birds of El Paso County to be New Focus of Bird Whisperer Doug Harling's Column

Starting today, Fountain Valley's Bird Whisperer Doug Harling's weekly column in this newspaper is changing from "Backyard Birding" to "Birds of El Paso County." You can count on his new columns to fo...

 

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