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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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This thread has gotten about 450 hits in the last 24 hours, so I wanted to day HI! to all you bird fanciers (waves), and to offer this Web site as a way to locate birding hot spots near you.

 

North American Birding "Hot Spots" Listed Alphabetically by American State and Canadian Province:

 

http://www.wildbirds.com/Find-Birds/North-American-Hot-Spots

 

 

 

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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ReTiReD51 wrote:

We do more bird watching during the winter months, November to March (the snowy months). That’s when we feed them daily from our backyard. If we leave for vacation during those months we make sure someone comes in to fill our feeders until we return.

 

With 2 large picture windows in the back of the house it’s easy and enjoyable to see a nice variety of birds. During the winter months we see northern cardinals, blue jays, various sparrows, Northern finches, Dark-eyed Junco’s, eastern screech owls, Tufted Titmouse, Wild Turkey’s, various woodpeckers, and others.

 

They say bird watching or “birding “is the largest spectator sport in America. I believe it.


@ReTiReD51 Sounds like you have a fantastic set up for watching birds at home. And what a nice variety you draw at your feeders, too. 

 

Like you we do more birdwatching in the winter and spring. That's partly due to summer schedules and partly due to the lower water levels of farm ponds attracting a wider species variety.

 

Do you attend bird talks and walk? Do you travel to see birds? That's one thing we look forward to in retirement: the freedom to travel for birdwatching.

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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We do more bird watching during the winter months, November to March (the snowy months). That’s when we feed them daily from our backyard. If we leave for vacation during those months we make sure someone comes in to fill our feeders until we return.

 

With 2 large picture windows in the back of the house it’s easy and enjoyable to see a nice variety of birds. During the winter months we see northern cardinals, blue jays, various sparrows, Northern finches, Dark-eyed Junco’s, eastern screech owls, Tufted Titmouse, Wild Turkey’s, various woodpeckers, and others.

 

They say bird watching or “birding “is the largest spectator sport in America. I believe it.

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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Golden-crowned Kinglet RMNPGolden-crowned Kinglet RMNP

 

  

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Stellar Jay RMNPStellar Jay RMNP

 

 

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 Here are the pix from today's quick sojourn up to Rocky Mountain National Park, cropped, edited, reduced. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Here's a video of the Golden-crowned Kinglet in case it takes us a couple days to get around to transferring the photo we took today. Smiley Happy

 

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@HammH Yes, Walden Ponds is a wonderful local birding spot and will only get better in the coming weeks (lots of birding events there in the fall!). Gary's calendar is heating up now, too, so maybe we should coordinate trips. (Let's chat by email, eh?)

 

We got a great look at a Golden-crowned Kinglet at RMNP this afternoon. DH was maybe 4 feet away. Fun! Plus, even though it is a year-round resident of the high mountains, we haven't positively ID'd one before today. So it is a new bird for us. Yay! I'll post his phone pic soon as we get it transferred.

 

Meanwhile, here's the Cornell page: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Kinglet/id

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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We've talked about this, but yeah, Boulder, Colorado has great birding groups and places. Walden Ponds are a year-round hot spot (best birding during spring and fall migration): http://nuttybirder.com/Wheretobird/Colorado/waldenpond.html#.WcjqY62ZOu4

 

It's probably quiet there now because it's raining.

 

The Nutty Birder has this map of US birding hot spots: http://nuttybirder.com/Wheretobird/index.html#.Wcjq0a2ZOu4

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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We are located in northern Colorado, along the Front Range (which is the east side of the Rockies).

 

Anybody else seeing fall migration yet?

 

 

 

 

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Re: Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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We were cycling today, not bird watching. Still, we saw what we know to be good signs that the fall migration is happening: tons of sea gulls, family groups of Canada Geese, huge flocks of blackbirds and no pelicans.

 

Our local birdwatching groups are beginning to post fall outings, too. Hurrah!

 

 

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Birdwatching: Local Open Space Parks

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NOTE: Scroll down for link to North American Birding Hot Spots!

 

Our Parks and Recreation Department offers guided bird walks through select local open space parks. These are easy walks (about a mile over paved or gravel paths) and are lead by knowledgeable volunteers and staff. A great way to ease into birding.

 

Do you have such activities in your area?

 Guided bird walks are a fun easy way to start birdwatching.Guided bird walks are a fun easy way to start birdwatching.

 

 

 

 

 

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