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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 early the cooler...

 

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 us. I always have my...

 

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 often mistaken for a...

 

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. At maturity,...

 

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 El Paso County have...

 

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 hundreds of these...

 

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 forced to raise their...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 31, 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 nest to full grown r...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 24, 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. After several weeks of...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 3, 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 may be common here,...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 26, 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 higher grounds- Black...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 19, 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 neighborhood every year. I al...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 12, 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 are the most common o...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 5, 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 are a few things we...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 29, 2019

Western Tanagers

Migration season is coming to an end. I for one had one of the best season in my habitat ever. Orioles, Grosbeaks, Buntings and finishing it off with Western Tanagers. Last week, I asked readers to...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 22, 2019

The Orioles Did Not Disappoint !

Migration season is almost over. I did a column a few weeks ago on the Bullock's Orioles and how to be ready for their migration. Well, they didn't disappoint! I had a record year with them this year...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 15, 2019

Burrowing Owls

Owls, owls and owls. I just can’t get enough of them! Owls are such a passion of mine. Look up the American Indian zodiac signs and see if you are an owl. I did and I am an owl. Maybe that’s...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 8, 2019

House Wrens

If you love the sound of a songbird singing for a mate then you are going to love the House Wren. One of the smallest songbirds in our area, in a field full of songbirds, the House Wren can sing as...

 

Cooper's Hawk

I thought I'd write about Cooper's Hawks this week since I'm following a mating pair at Fountain Creek Nature Trails. They have been mating at Fountain Creek for several years now. Today's images...

 

Swainson's Hawks

They are back! Welcome back to the plains of Colorado. I spotted my first one this week. The Swainsons Hawks are by far one of my favorite hawks. Maybe it's because they are so patient when being...

 

Rookeries

I got to get out to see our local rookery today! The dictionary definition of "rookery" is "a breeding colony of rooks, typically seen high in a clump of trees. I remember the first time I saw one fro...

 

Owlets

It's owlet time! One of my favorite times of the year. Owlets are one of the first birds to hatch each year in El Paso County. The bigger the bird, the earlier they hatch. Owlets need to hatch early,...

 

American Robins - the "Early Birds"

The American Robin says it is spring time! Robins are always the first sign of spring to me and I am seeing them everywhere. Just take a stroll down to a local park and you can't miss the beautiful...

 

The Early Bird Catches the Migrators!

Spring is not far away. Migration of many different types of birds will start in April. May will be the peak of migration. If you wait until you see a migrating bird in your yard to put food out for...

 

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