Back in September, we moved to a 5-acre mountain property in the foothills outside Denver. The birds were here to greet us and we have watched the changing populations of songbirds, ducks, owls, and hawks that share this land with us.
I'm eager to learn as much as I can. We watched a hilarious exchange of a Clark's Nutcracker snitching pinecones from a very irate Pine Squirrel. Heard the crows making a racket one afternoon and finally went to investigate. A Great Horned Owl was calmly watching them all, and us, from his roost in a huge, old Ponderosa Pine tree. We have hawks, Red Tail and Harris, that hunt in the elk meadow and we've dubbed one tree as 'hawk tree' that we frequently see them scanning the area from. Our 2 feeders bring round the little chickadees, juncos, and nuthatches with the Steller and Gray jays getting in on it also. The Gray Jays (Camp Robbers) wait on our deck railing for us to lay out some blueberries for them. We are told they will bring their babies with them to visit in the Spring.
The whole property is alive with activity all the time. As spring arrives, we'll be watching for the return of the mallards to our pond and hummingbirds. I've got a lot to learn!