I noticed a few weeks ago that a bird had built a nest up in the rafters of our lower deck here in Estes Park. A few days later I saw a bird sitting on the nest, but I couldn’t figure out what kind of bird it was. This bird sat on the nest for days, never moving.
And then I saw her sitting on the side of the nest, looking like she was feeding something but I oculdn’t see what. It wasn’t until I saw the male nearby that I realized it was a pair of House Finches who decided to have their babies under our deck.
After a while the four, little babies finally got big enough that I got a few photographs of them through the window. And then 3 days ago I saw them moving all about. I just knew they were ready to fledge. Within a couple of hours they were gone…all but one of them. He just sat there.
I’d go down periodically but he wasn’t going to budge. He wasn’t leaving that nest! Phil looked up on the Internet and it said that some baby birds are a bit slower than others and to just give them time.
Meanwhile, the Dad would sit on the railing and sing away, trying to coax the little guy out. Finally after 1 1/2 days the little one decided to join the rest of his family and he too flew away. (You can see in the first photograph which one didn’t want to leave the nest, can’t you??)
They were just precious little babies. So cute, don’t you think?
The Green Gentian, also known as a Monument Plant, grows to about 5 feet tall on a stiff stem without branches. We have seen many of them in Rocky Mountain National Park recently and in many different locations.
The pretty, 4-petaled flowers are a greenish white with brown spots. You can see the flowers close up and then the plant as a whole in these two photographs. Aren’t the flowers beautiful?
Have you ever seen one before?
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a Wood Lily on Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. I wonder if it’s because of all of the regrowth from the fire last year. There are many wildflowers that I have never seen on that trail before.
The Wood Lily grows to about 2 feet tall, usually with one solitary flower which is about 4″ across. The flower is open bell-shaped with 6 orange to reddish sepals with purple spots in the center.
We saw quite a few of these lovely wildflowers along the trail, so if you’re hiking up Cub Lake Trail be sure to look for them. You can’t miss their beautiful orange color out in the meadows.
Last summer I photographed several different kinds of Hairstreak butterflies in Rocky Mountain National Park. So far this summer I have only seen one and it is dark brown with a white streak.
It was nestled in the Sulphur flowers and I only got one decent photograph.
Can anyone identify what kind of Hairstreak butterfly this one is? Pretty, don’t you think?
It was sunny and gorgeous yesterday morning so we took a drive up Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to see if any more wildflowers had bloomed. By the time we got up there about 9:15 am, we could see the clouds start to roll in.
We took a quick walk on to the Medicine Bow Trail and saw that the King’s Crown had bloomed and a beautiful White-Crowned Sparrow was singing away at the top of the evergreen tree. That in itself was worth the trip.
We quickly went to one of our other favorite wildflower spots but by then it was pretty black outside. I ran up the trail to see if the Elephant’s Heads had bloomed or the Queen’s Crown.
Phil followed me, taking photographs of the changing sky. It was pretty stormy-looking so we didn’t go very far.
These two photographs show just how fast the weather can change up on the tundra. Pretty dramatic black and white photographs, don’t you thnk?