Though I’ve passed through here many times, I can’t say I know the local fauna and flora very well at all. Even had to ask for the name of this reportedly very common bird, which I photographed yesterday in our front yard: a Northern Flicker. Such a beautiful woodpecker-like local bird!
- More about this bird here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_flicker/id/ac
Woohoo! Nice way to start the day! Two flickers in tree!
ACTION! Squirrel runs up tree, passing by (undistracted) flickers!
Squirrel in tree. ;-)
I was just looking through some older photos and found this one, taken from a fast-moving bus somewhere between Denver and Salida (2011):
> I don’t have any of the couple times I’ve seen a Mountain Lion [Puma/Cougar] up close (in Red Feather Lakes and in Four Mile Canyon near Boulder, both in 2004).
As far as big cats go, bobcats are more common to spot. I took this photo of a Bobcat in Crestone (Southern Colorado), somewhere between the Zen and Bhutanese Buddhist centers (2004):