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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...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    March 13, 2019 

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...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    March 6, 2019

23rd Annual Garden Success Show

This coming weekend is the 23rd annual garden success show at Spencer's Produce, Lawn and Garden Center in Fountain. I was invited by Spencer's to give a seminar on backyard birding and Hummingbirds....

 

Getting Ready for Spring

Spring is not far off. The days are lasting longer and staying warmer. Many people are wanting to get out into the garden. March is a big month for people to spend getting the garden ready for the...

 

Fountain Valley's Bald Eagles

Our local Bald Eagles have been busy this week. If you've had a chance to make a drive around Big Johnson Reservoir in the last week or two, you've probably noticed the resident Bald Eagles being...

 

Respect the Nest

Most of the raptors are nesting by now. Some of the owls I follow already have owlets that have hatched, some are on eggs and some are just now mating. Other raptors like hawks and eagles are paired...

 

What's With all the Hawks?

When I first started my backyard habitat, I hated to see the hawks come. I spend a great deal of money feeding the yard birds and I didn't like seeing some pesky hawk come in for a free meal. I've...

 

It's All in the Eyes!

The eyes are the most intricate part of the raptor. The eyes determine how and when they hunt. The eyes can tell you if a raptor is sick and in most raptors, they can even tell you the raptors age....

 

Canada Geese Take Flight with Pikes Peak in the Background

A large group of geese fly overhead with Pikes Peak, America's mountain, in the background. In this week's "Birds of El Paso County" column local bird whisperer Doug Harling explains how some birds...

 

Seasonal Migration vs Weather Migration

Two things can kick off migration. Seasonal changes and weather changes are the main motivation for every bird. I have had readers ask me this winter about seeing some birds that they thought...

 

Birds of El Paso County

We have already started making plans for my second "Hawking and Owling Walk" at the Fountain Creek Nature Center in April. Last year was a hit so we are going to have a repeat this year. The walk will...

 

Birds of El paso County

Editor's Note: Over the past year we have heard from numerous readers that they cut out and save Doug Harling's Birds of El Paso County columns each week. Knowing this, we invited Doug to share some...

 

Early Birds

It's getting close to that time of year again for Great Horned Owls to nest and lay eggs. Most Great Horned Owls won't nest until mid to late January. The mama featured in this week's column has been...

 

Birds of El Paso County

We’ve all seen it. A poor bunny or a squirrel dead in the road and it’s always sad to see. As for me and I’m sure most of my readers, it especially hurts if we are the ones to hit it. I always...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Talons are the sharp claw at the end of a birds toe. Where we have fingernails or toenails, birds have talons. Talons are used for different purposes on different birds. The main purpose on all birds...

 

Birds of El Paso County

Raptor pellets in the birding world refer to undigested parts of the food that raptors eat. The contents of a pellet depends on the raptor’s diet. Science classes around the world use the pellets...

 

The Raptors Are Pairing Up

This is my favorite time of year! Of course I love the beautiful colors of fall in Colorado but when the leaves are gone, it is time to find the raptors. Larger birds have longer gestation period so m...

 

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...

 

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