Bohemian Rhapsody

When I gave you my “70-plus Reasons to be Happy” in January, I had no way of knowing if, and for how long, local bird lovers would be graced with the Bohemian Waxwings’ presence. As chance (or fate) would have it, much to everybody’s enjoyment, it has been a waxwing winter and, ever since their … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

Pueblo Birding

Traveling south from Colorado Springs and El Paso County to the city of Pueblo in neighboring Pueblo County, I never fail to be impressed by the sudden alteration in landscape and vegetation. Both counties are located east of the Rocky Mountains and share a high desert climate, but Pueblo’s altitude of 4,692 feet (1430 meters) … Continue reading Pueblo Birding

Rarabbit For Breakfast?

My blog post “Fish for Breakfast” last May talked about an osprey’s partiality for sushi. Not many of you seemed to share the bird’s preference for a pescatarian meal early in the day, and I suspect that even fewer will relate to today’s offering. Unless you are an eagle, or have eagles in your family … Continue reading Rarabbit For Breakfast?

No Aquatic Insect

All I knew was that American Dippers ate aquatic insects. Neither flashy nor flamboyant, unlike the waxwings you met recently, dippers’ charisma derives less from their looks (though they are by no means unattractive), but rather from their behavior and—not to forget—from their mellifluous vocalizations. One of five global species of dippers, the range of … Continue reading No Aquatic Insect

70-plus Reasons to be Happy

  When one studies this map of North America, courtesy of Cornell’s website “All About Birds,” and looks at the rectangle that represents Colorado (the NE quadrant as seen from the Four Corners), one notices that the southcentral and southeastern portions of the state are shaded a light blue, indicating that the bird in question … Continue reading 70-plus Reasons to be Happy