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Fish Creek Trail Is A Great Walk In Estes Park, CO To See Birds And Wildlife


Many time when it gets windy by Lake Estes, Phil and I will take a walk along Fish Creek Trail. It’s such a pretty trail, winding along s little stream on one side and the golf course on the other. Whenever we go there we see a great assortment of birds and wildlife.

The other day was a bit windy so we decided to try Fish Creek Trail. What a treat! In about 3/4  hour we saw 3 Kingfishers squabbling in the sky, many Ravens flying about, 2 Goldfinches flitting from tree to tree, Nuthatches playing on the trunks of the trees, a Downy Woodpecker drumming on a tree, a few Robins looking for worms, about 8-10  bluebirds flitting from post to post and 3 coyotes walking along the stream. It was awesome!

You never know what you’ll see there, but there is always something. This morning was just amazing. Every time we turned around something else caught our eye. It’s a pretty trail and goes for quite a ways if you want to go for a longer walk.

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The Pasqueflowers Are Blooming On Black Canyon Trail On Lumpy Ridge In RMNP

It was a gorgeous sunny day with the forecast in the low 60s. Phil and I got our cameras out and went wildflower hunting on Black Canyon Trail. It’s a gorgeous trail with views of Twin Owls and Lumpy Ridge.

We found many new buds with wildflowers to come but this one was just beautiful! The Pasqueflower is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. We got there early when there was still some dew and ice particles on the closed Pasqueflowers. But as the day warmed up, the flowers bloomed and this is what I got.  I thought it was just spectacular! What a beautiful flower and such a nice welcome to spring.

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The Bluebirds Are Back In Estes Park, CO And Rocky Mountain National Park!

You know it’s almost spring when the bluebirds migrate back to Estes Park. I saw them a couple of weeks ago and knew the warmer weather would soon be here.

It was very windy by Lake Estes so Phil and I were taking a walk on Fish Creek Trail. It’s a little more secluded there. We heard a lot of birds chirping away in the trees,

Bluebirds love to land on fence posts and things sticking out of the ground about waist height. This particular bluebird had landed on this old tree trunk. He was so pretty perched up there. I tried to take a picture as he flew away and this is what I got.

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The Alluvial Fan In Rocky Mountain National Park Is Still Frozen But Get Ready!

The Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park is still frozen but you can see little waterfalls starting to form from the melting snow and ice. Like the Big Thompson River, in the springtime it will be a raging waterfall.

The story of the Alluvial Fan is most interesting. If you do hike up to the falls, take a few minutes to read about the catastrophe that occurred in 1982 when the dam at Lawn Lake broke and sent millions of gallons of water down through Horseshoe Park, the campground and down into Estes Park.

It’s a very pretty place for a picnic (in season), a short hike or bring your binoculars and do a little bird watching.

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Temporary Closures to Protect Nesting Raptors in Rocky Mountain National Park



Phil and I periodically get emails from Rocky Mountain National Park about things going on in the park. We just received this notice about the temporary closure of Lumpy Ridge .

Each year to protect raptor nesting sites, Rocky Mountain National  Park officials initiate temporary closures in the Lumpy Ridge and Sheep  Mountain areas of the park. To ensure that these birds of prey can nest  undisturbed, specific areas within the park are closed temporarily to  public use during nesting season and monitored by wildlife managers. All  closures go in to effect on March 1 and will continue through July 31, if  appropriate. These closures may be extended longer or rescinded at an  earlier date depending on nesting activity. 

Closures include Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, Batman Rock,  Batman Pinnacle, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, Alligator Rock, Sheep  Mountain, and Twin Owls, Rock One. These closures include the named  formations as well as areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the  formation. The perimeter around Alligator Rock extends for 200 yards in  all directions. Closures include all climbing routes, outcroppings,  cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes and climber access trails to the  named rock formations.

The National Park Service is committed to preserving birds of prey.  The same cliffs that are critical for raptors also appeal to climbers. The  cooperation of climbing organizations and individuals continues to be  essential to the successful nesting of raptors in the park.

Phil photographed this Cooper’s Hawk at the little pond  by Lake Estes Trail last summer.

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