The same birder had also seen four American Dippers in the stream at Meadow Park, which surprised me because I thought they preferred higher elevations. We confirmed her sighting, spotting two of the busy Ouzels on another day. Her last tidbit was a Bald Eagle Nest just down the road.
|Bald Eagle in nest|
On a subsequent outing, we also discovered a large Great Blue Heron rookery off of Hygiene Road, and monitoring these three nests sites has kept us busy.
|Great Blue Herons nesting|
|Great Horned Owl|
|Great Horned Owl owlets|
|Red Fox at Grandview Cemetery|
|Red Fox and kit outside their den|
Afterward we strolled through the Environmental Center Trails, which which we shared with a high school track team. Needless to say, we did not spot a lot of birds, but Mike did spot our first Blue-winged Teals.
Our life list is up to 233 with the addition of the Willet, which we saw on the last day of the month while helping with a trash clean up around the Lake.
|Greater Yellowlegs and Willet near Lake Estes|