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A Visit From Big Bird

A Visit From Big Bird

With Emerald Greens golf course at Windsor Gardens closed for a while, the geese have been enjoying having the run of the place. The other day I was out on my daily exercise walk when I saw a very tall skinny bird off in the distance. Making use of my analytical skills, honed over a three-decade career of number crunching, I said to myself, "Jim, that there is no goose!". Then I noticed someone photographing the jumbo aviator with a telephoto lens the size of a little-league baseball bat! He turned out to be my neighbor Andy, who identified the bird as a Great Blue Heron. I figure anyone who walks around with a telephoto lens the size of a little-league baseball bat probably knows what he's talking about, but nevertheless when I got home I verified his ID in my trusty Guide to Colorado Birds by Mary Taylor Gray. The book says these guys get up to forty-six inches tall, and I believe it.

A Visit From Big Bird

Eventually Big Bird grew weary of hanging around with us a flew off to the west...

A Visit From Big Bird A Visit From Big Bird

...so I strolled over to the Windsor West Nature Trail where I spotted a half a dozen mallards in one of the small ponds...

Half a dozen mallards

...then I came across this Northern Red-Shafted Flicker, a type of woodpecker. He (she?) graciously posed for one portrait on the ground and another in a tree...

Spotted Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper

...all this time our resident hawk was keeping an eye on things from atop his favorite telephone pole...

Hawk on a telephone pole

...then there's this critter, who only THINKS he's a bird...

Squirrel thinks he's a bird