I have been visiting family in Boulder, CO, for a few days. At the western edge of the Great Plains, the bird life isn’t that much different from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, with a few nice exceptions.
an artsy image of the same Double-crested Cormorant
I am always happy to see Common Grackles, since they seldom make it to Oregon.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
This pond hosted several Killdeer (above), Spotted Sandpipers, American Avocets, and a Wilson’s Phalarope.
American White Pelicans, with Canada Goose and Ring-billed Gulls
Black-billed Magpies are fairly common here, but they tend to be rather shy, never allowing a close approach.
I saw lots of Eastern Kingbirds at these ponds. I haven’t seen any Western Kingbirds around Boulder, which surprised me.
American Bullfrogs were the only amphibians I found. The only reptile was a Black-necked Garter Snake, a lifer for me.
Cottontails were very abundant at sunrise. I believe this is a Desert Cottontail, but please correct me if I am wrong.
a sleepy Coyote
In the “adorable rodents” department, I bring you Black-tailed Prairie Dogs.
Another view of the Front Range of the Rockies.