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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    November 7, 2018 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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