Harris’s Hawk in Colorado: Is it a Lifer or is it Unnatural?

This winter, we've had an unusual visitor to northeastern Colorado: a Harris's hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus). Normally a resident of southernmost Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, this chocolate-brown and chestnut-red hawk is far from home. Back in December, a friend told me about this vagrant* after the hawk had been reliably sighted roosting in trees belonging... Continue Reading →

7 Frustrating Truths About Birding

Back in March, I spent a week in southern Arizona birding. While I have looked for birds while hiking in the past, this was my first trip dedicated to birding. I discovered that focused birding is both wonderful and frustrating. Here's what I learned. 1) Birding can be intense. Knowing I might see something I'd... Continue Reading →

Sightings

This morning we had some exciting bird action in our backyard. First, we saw a huge bird across the stream from us.  After digging out the binoculars and the bird guide, we realized we were looking at a pair of Ferruginous Hawks, which are prairie birds and not very common.  Super cool! Unfortunately, they were... Continue Reading →

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