Birds of the Colorado Front Range

I've started photographing the various birds that we see in the Front Range of Colorado. Many of these were photographed coming to the feeders on our cabin deck. It's hard to believe the variety of songbirds that pass through here at 9000 feet. I sat on the porch for an hour, watching these birds dart back and forth to our feeders. They are shy when we are out on the porch, and often perch atop the trees nearby. We have five hummingbird feeders around the house, and attract quite a flock of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, with occasional visits by the beautiful rust-colored Rufous Hummingbird.

Western Tanager

We haven't seen this bird in several years. Used to see them every summer.

Western Tanager

Look how much different this guy looks from the front. No sign of the yellow

Hairy Woodpecker

drilling a hole in one of our logs to split a seed from the feeder.

Rufous Hummingbird

This is the first image I've captured if this bird. We see fleeting glimpses of them every summer, but they are constantly moving.

Red Crossbills

The female is unremarkable when perched, shows a little color in flight. The male has yellow flecks in his red.

Grosbeak Father and son

Notice the different black coloring on the heads.

Black Headed Grosbeaks

Dad takes off, and junior soon follows.

Stepping on his feet

No wonder they waddle, they step on their own feet on just about every step. Don't think they can see their feet.

Incoming Mallards

Circling in for a landing

Curly Tail Mallard Duck

I never noticed the curly feathers on his tail before.

Top Notch blowing in the wind

Stellar's Jay sitting on a post, all puffed up in the cold, with a strong wind blowing

Great Horned Owl at Bluebird House

Looking from the deck on the house where our cat was hanging out. The owl was looking intently at the cat while being harassed by jays.

Kestral, Eagle Peak

Here you can see the blue markings

Mallard Duck

Turns his head the other way in the sun, and bright green appears.

Townsend Warbler rescue

This little female flew into our window at the cabin. We took it in, put in in a box with a towel to keep it warm. After an hour or so, it was ready to be released