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|
Since I was heading to Boulder anyway, I made a slight detour to check it out. I found the nest easily, as another photographer had it in his sights. He told me about a Great Horned Owl nest near Boulder, so off I went to see my third raptor nest of the day.
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|
We've also expanded our avian treasure hunting to some new Colorado front range locales including Lagerman Reservoir, Pella Crossing, Crown Hill Park, Golden Pond and most recently the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins where we had a close encounter with a Red Fox.
|Red Fox at Grandview Cemetery|
Oh, and speaking of foxes, the Fort Collins den we watched last year is active again! Four adorable kits were out and about when we happened by one afternoon.
|Red Fox and kit outside their den|
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|