|This page shows some of my favorite photos of other birds. The first few pictures are of Red Crossbills, a quiet species that moves from pinecone to pinecone, using that crazy bill to open them up and get the seed. The newly-fledged birds lack the bold colors, which then turn to a mottled pattern, and then either red (male) or yellow (female). |
Several species of warbler are common to Colorado, including the Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Wilson's Warlber shown below.
Colorado is a state that hosts both the western and eastern species of many birds, including the Western Kingbird and Eastern Kingbird shown below. These birds make a "squeak toy" sound and are territorial and don't mind taking on big predators. I have seen them harass and land on the backs of flying Red-tailed Hawks and Barn Owls.
Other flycatchers include the Western Wood Pewee and Say's Phoebe shown below. These birds are not easily spooked and will stay perched as you approach them.
Wood Ducks are colorful and found in lakes, ponds, and streams around Colorado. The drakes (males) are more ornate than the hens (females).
Great Blue Herons and Night Herons are common to Colorado.
Hummingbirds are found especially in the mountains of Colorado during the summer and the Broad-Tailed Hummingbird seems to be the most common.
Waxwings are good photo subjects, remaining still for portraits, as this Cedar Waxwing demonstrates.
Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, unlike the waxwing, don't stand still for long and require some patience to get their picture (unless one is sitting on an egg).
Wild Turkeys have plenty of attitude to match their enormous size.