Living in Colorado definitely has it’s benefits. Here in Loveland nestled against the foothills of the Rockies, I am only 1 hour away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Not having obligations yesterday I decided to head up there for relaxation, refreshing and to enjoy what I could find. I tallied a nice list of mountain birds and wildlife.
Higher up in the park I stumbled upon a nice mixed flock of birds consisting of mostly Clark’s Nutcrackers, a few Stellar’s Jays and even a few Dark-eyed Juncos.
On a hillside far away – wait – sounds like a lyric from a song – I saw this nice, big bull elk.
Driving with my heater blasting the 19 degrees out of my car and with my window open, the call of a Brown Creeper stopped me. I didn’t get a photo, but this lovely Stellar’s Jay came to see if I had anything in my pockets.
Coming back down a bit to Moraine Park, this Townsend’s Solitaire was partaking of the bounty of this Juniper tree. (I love Townsend’s Solitaires, they are a most beautiful, delicate bird)
Here is one of several Black-billed Magpies observed. They were sticking their bills up to their eyeballs in snow, searching for food.
And last, but certainly not least also in Moraine Park I came upon three lovely Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches who were quite tame and didn’t mind my company. I posted a little bitty video.