Category Archives: Estes Park Birding

Is It Migrating Season For The Western Bluebird?



When we built our house a few years ago, we made sure that we had “over-sized” windows in our bedroom so that we could see everything that was outside. Our property abuts Rocky Mountain National Park, so it is just spectacular! Our bedroom window looks right up the mountains. It is just beautiful, even at night when you can see the billions of stars light up the sky.

Today about 12:00 noon we noticed a lot of activity on the hillside outside the bedroom window. Expecting to find Junkos feasting on the seeds that we had planted a few weeks ago, we were treated to a field full of Western Bluebirds. They were eating everything in sight. There must’ve been 15-20 of them scurrying about. They were just beautiful.

I quickly got my camera out and tried to take some shots. Western Bluebirds love to perch on stone walls, fence posts and anything that sticks out of the ground. With camera in hand, here are some of the pictures that I was able to take in the 10 minutes that they graced us with their presence!

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Red-Naped Sapsucker At Lake Estes In Estes Park



The Red-Naped Sapsucker is such a beautiful bird with the red on top of its head and on its throat. It drills lines of parallel “wells” in the bark of a tree. These wells then fill up with sap and attract insects. The Sapsuckers then make their rounds  collecting the trapped bugs and pooled sap. Pretty cool, huh?

We see these Sapsuckers on many trails, especially around Lake Estes and Cub Lake Trail In Rocky Mountain National Park. You can hear them drilling away in the trees!

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Three-Toed Woodpecker In Estes Park



I was walking into town the other day when I heard a Woodpecker nearby. I looked up and there was a Three-toed Woodpecker pecking away on the utility pole. He was making pretty good headway.

I wasn’t sure what kind of Woodpecker it was, but the bit of yellow on its head let me believe it was a Three-toed Woodpecker. I have only seen them a few times over the years in Rocky Mountain National Park, never on the road in Estes Park.

What a treat!

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Love Those Cedar Waxwings At Lake Estes!



I was just commenting to Phil last week that I hadn’t seen any Cedar Waxwings this year at Lake Estes. And then, there was one Cedar Waxwing flitting from tree to tree right in front of us.

Such a beautiful and colorful bird! Love the red on his wings and the yellow on the tip of his tail.

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Double-Crested Cormorant At Lake Estes



The Double-crested Cormorant reminds me so much of back east. As we kayaked along the shores, the Double-crested Cormorants were everywhere!

They were so much fun to see as they dove for food or lazed on the rocks with their wings spread to dry.

Have you ever seen a Double-crested Cormorant?

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Little Hummingbird At My Home in Estes Park



When I looked out the window at my home in Estes Park early the other morning, there was this little Hummingbird perched on the bench of our picnic table. He was so cute, but what was he doing there? Ready for breakfast? How cute!


We took a few photographs as he looked around. Then he tried fluttering his little wings without moving at all.


And finally he flew away. We wondered if he had hit the window and was stunned for a few moments… Such an endearing little guy!


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Two Huge American White Pelicans At Lake Estes



I saw these two huge white American White Pelicans flying over Lake Estes on Friday. They landed right at the peninsula by the bridge.

What an enormous bird compared to the Geese that are standing next to them!

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This Little bird Came To Visit At My Bedroom Window In Estes Park



Phil and I had a full day planned to go down to Loveland and Fort Collins for the day. But I woke up feeling really punky so I decided to stay home and get some much-needed rest. He could brave the venture by himself.

Low and behold, about 5 minutes after he left I heard all this commotion at my bedroom window. I looked up and there was this little bird struggling to walk along the sash on the window. There wasn’t even enough room for a window sill.


He looked in at me for a bit as if to say, “I’ll be watching you today!” He stayed a while, looking in at me every here and there, and then finally flew away.

He brought a smile to my face all day long! How cute was that?!

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Cute Little Duckling Swimming In Lake Estes



Phil and I were walking down by Lake Estes when we saw this little duckling swimming merrily along the shore. We both looked at each other and said, “Where is his mother?” “Why aren’t there any other ducks around?”

I sure hope he found his family or they found him. He was so cute and seemed so happy swimming along.

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