Tag Archives: Estes Park Birding

Cub Lake Trail Is A Beautiful Hike In RMNP


Cub Lake Trail in RMNP is one of the most diverse hikes in the area. It is filled with so much geological history as well as an abundance of wildflowers, birds, wildlife and gorgeous scenery.  It’s a 2.3 mile up to Cub Lake which is a great place to stop for a snack or picnic lunch. You might even see a moose along the way.

From there you can backtrack or continue on in a loop down to the Pool and then down to the Fern Lake Trailhead and walk back to your car. It’s a great 6 mile loop filled with many things to see!

Phil and I took about a 1 1/2 mile hike up Cub Lake Trail just to see the flowers, birds and wildlife. We weren’t prepared to do the whole hike so we just turned around and backtracked to the car. Anyway you go, it’s a beautiful hike!

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Two American White Pelicans Fishing On Lake Estes in Colorado


It is not uncommon to see a pelican here in the summer in Estes Park, CO fishing in Lake Estes. Each summer we seem to have a pair that come to stay for a while. My bird book says that their common breeding grounds are up in Yellowstone area of Wyoming.

We saw them yesterday for the first time and they were just beautiful. They swam around for a while and then took off in flight only to land a couple of minutes later.

Phil happened to have his camera out at the time. They are just beautiful birds. Wonder how long they’ll stay?


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Put Your “Used Fishing Line” In The Appropriate Containers At Lake Estes And Other Lakes

It breaks my heart when I see a bird tangled up in “used” fishing line, unable to get free. Sometimes they can get free and sometimes they are just too scared. We saw a Great Blue Heron with some used fishing line tangled around his beak back east on Cape Cod. He was unable to eat and too scared to let anyone help him. He could still fly, but his chances of survival were pretty slim.

So when I saw the “Used Fishing Line” containers at Lake Estes I thought they were a great idea. When fishermen finish with their line or it breaks, they can put it in these containers and not just throw it on the ground or in the water. This way the birds won’t get all tangled up.

With the lake thawed and the warmer weather here, I thought it be a good idea to show you what one of these containers looks like just in case you go fishing there or anywhere else. This one is between two trash cans so it is very easy to see. So, look for the “Used Fishing Line” containers and save some birds!

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Ring-Necked Ducks At Lily Lake In RMNP


We took a walk around Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park to see the wildflowers a few days ago and we were surprised at how few buds were on the trees and bushes. It was still a lot colder there than Estes Park. There was even some snow on the sides of the trail around the lake. It’s been pretty warm the past few days, so maybe the buds have started to come out.

We did see some very pretty ducks called Ring-necked ducks swimming in the lake. We had seen them there last year too. They are very distinct in that they have a white ring around the tip of their bill. They are also diving ducks…one minute they’re swimming around and the next they are under water.

I always thought these were very pretty and interesting ducks.

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The White-Faced Ibis At Lake Estes In Colorado Is An Occasional Visitor To The Rockies In The Spring

When we lived back east, Phil and I frequently saw the Glossy Ibis down at the shore where we went sea kayaking, usually foraging for food in the shallow ponds. They are such magnificent birds, resembling a dinosaur-like bird, especially when they were flying.

A couple of weeks ago we saw a White-Faced Ibis foraging for food in Lake Estes. They are very similar to the Glossy Ibis but live in different areas of the country.

The Ibis are very distinct-looking with their dark, chestnut plumage; long, down-curved bill; long, dark legs, white feathers like a facial patch; greenish lower back and wing feathers, and dark red eyes. They use their heavy, sickle-shaped bill to probe the mudflats for aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and other small vertebrates. They are only an occasional visitor to the Rockies on their way to the Great Plains and Great Basin to find a suitable breeding site.

We couldn’t get too close but I tried to get a photograph so that you could at least see its coloring and the shape of its huge bill. They are beautiful birds, aren’t they?

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