Wednesday, June 03, 2009

June 3, 2009: Birding Colorado (Pawnee National Grassland & Pike National Forest)

Today I had a little spare time in Colorado's North Front Range, and did some birding at two locations. The Pawnee National Grassland, in Weld County east of Fort Collins, is a really interesting place to visit! I birded the County Roads here, as well as the Crow Valley Campground.

After that, I had time for a stop a few hours south at Pike National Forest, southwest of Denver. Another awesome place!

I'd also like to thank the Colorado Birders for their great advice and website ( They were extremely helpful! Thanks especially to Richard Stevens for the flower identifications!

Pawnee Grassland Photos
Above and Below: Chestnut Collared Longspur

Below: Catcus and prairie flowers
Prickly Pear Cactus
Labmert Loco
Swainsons Thrush on CR96
Brewers Sparrow
Narrow-Leaved Penstemon
Above and below: Horned Lark

Lark Bunting
Above and Below: Western Meadowlarks

Brewer's Sparrow
Chestnut-Collared Longspur female
Above and below: Plains Evening Primrose

Lark Bunting
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay (Crow Valley Campground)
Swainsons Thrush (Crow Valley Campground)
Brown Thrasher (Crow Valley Campground)
House Wren (Crow Valley Campground)
Eastern Kingbird
Thrush at Crow Valley Campground
near the Pawnee Grassland
Purple flowers in the grassland
Heading down thru Denver to Pike National Forest

I arrived to Pike National Forest Skipper Trailhead to a hailstorm
The trialhead area after the weather cleared
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Dark-Eyed (Pink Sided) Junco
Above and Below: Plumbeous Vireo

Townsend's Solitaire
Mount Evans from the Buck Gulch Trail
Hairy Woodpecker
Spreading Daisy
Purple Peavine
Western Wallflower
Pygmy Nuthatch
Dead tree on the Skipper Trail
Northern Flicker
Rock Primrose

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