Anyone who has read my Blog probably knows the garage door and I are not best friends. I've been working to improve my riding skills and have been practicing some of the techniques taught in the "Ride Like A Pro V" video.
Head and eyes. Friction zone. Rear break.
I met up with a group of about 20 people to go bird watching (birding) east of Aurora Colorado Saturday morning. It was a pleasant group of people of all ages and birding skills. It was a nice crisp morning with clear skies. We started out at 8:30 A.M. and got back at 10:30 A.M. I had a good time.
Along the way we saw Starlings, Red-tailed Hawks, Junco's, Chickadee's, Meadowlarks, Flickers, Robins, Prairie dogs, some Coyotes, and an airplane. I took my 300mm Telephoto lens and took a lot of pictures. They aren't great but I'm happy with them. [Note: click on each of the arrows below to view the slide show.]
These Prairie dogs don't know what's about to get them!
Prairie dogs and coyotes, Sand Creek east of Aurora CO., March 14, 2009.
We only saw 1 Bald Eagle, way off in the distance. One of the more experienced birders spotted it sitting in a tree. I'm sure it saw us long before we saw it. After awhile it flew past us to the west.
Bald Eagle, Sand Creek east of Aurora CO., March 14, 2009.
We saw a lot of Red-tailed Hawks. We watched one of them in a tree while we waited for the others to arrive.
Red-tailed hawk, Sand Creek east of Aurora CO., March 14, 2009.
I finally got a picture of a Mountain Chickadee. This is the bird that makes the "fee-bee" up/down whistling. It makes you think someone is trying to get your attention or is playing a trick on you.
Mountain Chickadee, Sand Creek east of Aurora CO., March 14, 2009.
We heard this Western Meadowlark before we saw it. It was so great to hear a Meadowlark again. I haven't heard one in a very long time - they don't come into the city. To someone who grew up on the prairie, the Meadowlarks song is music to the ears. There is a recording at the link below.
Western Meadowlark, Sand Creek east of Aurora CO., March 14, 2009.
This is about the third Robin I've seen this spring.
Starlings are everywhere
The Cessna was probably the most exciting sighting of the morning - not really.
I had a good time and will do it again.
Photos by Clyde Hoadley, 2009, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.