Identifying Birds

When you’re trying to learn about native animals ….

On a bluebird sky day, hiking on a serene trail, I saw this beautiful bird. Trying to identify birds is a challenge for me. Colors, bill size and shape, and geography are all useful in identification.

I returned home with clear photos thinking it was a Gray Jay. But the bill was too long. Fortunately, with an excellent search engine and websites that show similar looking species, I was able to learn about Clark’s Nutcrackers today.

They live in the mountains. ✅

Gray overall with black wings. ✅

Long daggerlike bill. ✅

Spectacular Sight

These two males drew a crowd Saturday evening. I’ve been to Brainard Lake and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area before, but this was my first time seeing the adult male moose I had been hoping to find.

Moose are considered by some to be the most dangerous animals in our forest. Thanks to a powerful zoom lens, I was able to capture these shots from a safe distance.

Who’s a good boy?

Charlie is recovering from his puppy surgery. He was snipped and chipped on Thursday.

Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon (above) always come to mind when I hear of an animal being neutered. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, look him up, you’re in for a treat.

Did someone say treat?

Charlie seems to be recovering well but I’m not sure how I’ll keep him on limited activity for 10 days. I hope we can make it for 7.

He looks adorable in the cone and really only needs it if he’s being left alone or at night. Charlie is doing well, but doesn’t understand that running around the house and leaping down the stairs are not what to doctor ordered.