I didn’t do any serious birding in Colorado, but I did take my camera with me everywhere I went, knowing that many birds I would see would seldom be seen around home.
I’ve gotten pictures of Western Kingbirds before, but never one quite as good as this one that I got while taking a walk in the open space a short distance from Tyson and Jen’s house:
The rest of these shots were taken in an afternoon outing to an open space just outside of Boulder. My favorite is probably this shot of an Olive-Sided Flycatcher, a bird we do have in Western Washington but I can’t remember ever getting a shot of:
A hiker we met said Blue Jays
like this one are all too common and are considered pests. I’ve been guilty of calling Stellar Jays and Scrub Jays “Blue Jays,” but I think this might be first time I’ve ever seen one.
I told everyone that I’d seen several of these kinds of butterflies in Colorado, but I’d never seen one land. Jen was sharp-eyed enough to spot this one for me,
a Monarch, I think.