Grosbeak Quintet

Happy 1-year grosbeak quintet anniversary to me. May 31, 2021 was unforgettable: my first (and possibly only) time of seeing five different grosbeaks on the same day. And though my featured photo above shows five Evening Grosbeaks, that’s not the quintet I’m referring to. No, May 31, 2021 held encounters with 5 different species of … Continue reading Grosbeak Quintet

Weather Whiplash

Thursday, May 19, 2022: The temperature climbs to 89 degrees F (31.6⁰ C), tying a previous record-high. A comparatively cool Friday follows with highs in the low 50s (10-12⁰ C), bringing much-needed and much-appreciated moisture falling as drizzle out of the sky most of the day, helping to mitigate our drought conditions, if only temporarily. … Continue reading Weather Whiplash

Precious Prairie

A continual chant pouring forth from the beaks of Western Meadowlarks. The occasional twitter of Horned Larks. Near-constant chirping of curious yet cautious Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. A sporadic appearance of Pronghorn. Last but not least, sweeping views of Pikes Peak, our local fourteener, and its lower Front Range neighbors. These are some of the delights … Continue reading Precious Prairie

Spring Has Sprung

At 6,000 feet, spring takes its sweet time arriving, and night frosts threaten to damage or destroy early bloomers until the middle of May. Most years, the flowers in our garden are tempted by warm March sunshine, only to be covered by April snowfall. We have been making an effort to replace water-guzzling lawn with … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung