I do not like to chase after and glance at birds to create a long list of personal sightings. I like to stop and watch the seasonally common birds of a given habitat as they go about their lives, doing what comes naturally to them. Long looks to observe behavior, while listening to their different calls, alerts and songs, is always great fun.
I mainly hiked, with binoculars around my neck, leaving the 400 mm lens in its case. I have no great bird photos to share. I did take one last walk with the 400mm, just before packing up to head south for New Mexico, and have included a couple of photos.
Whether a beginning birder or a seasoned birder, I encourage keeping a list of sightings when visiting a new region or state. I documented, but am not including in this list, the very common species sighted such as Vultures, Rock Doves and House Sparrows.
My Colorado bird list of interesting sightings, September 2012 with an (*) representing new species to my life list:
Red-tailed HawkAmerican Kestrel
Olive-sided Flycatcher* (Lookout Mountain, Golden area)
Dusky Flycatcher* (Lookout Mountain, Golden area)
Townsend’s Warbler* (Golden Gate Canyon SP and Cheyenne Mtn SP)
And two BVDs (better views desired) that I would love to include but am not:
Mountain BluebirdTownsend’s Solitaire
The Red-shafted Northern Flicker was very common at Cheyenne Mountain: