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Walden Ponds‏

June 11th, 2011 · 5 Comments

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Walden Ponds is just six miles east of downtown Boulder. But it’s a different world — a world of birds.

That’s why I go back there again and again. I go on my own, with my friend Sharon, and with birder guides like Paula Hansley, as I did a year ago and again this morning.

The only disadvantage of going with a guide that I can think of is that generally it means going with a large group. But besides Paula and me, this morning’s group included only Tessa Davis. Tessa is a good friend from my church with whom I work as our church’s historians.

Not surprisingly, all my photos this morning were of birds.

The range of the Eastern Kingbird, despite its name, extends from the Atlantic Ocean to much of the American West, including all of Colorado except the far southwest.

An Eastern Kingbird

An Eastern Kingbird

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A more colorful bird that we saw today was a male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

A Bullock's Oriole Flies Toward Me

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird Flies Toward Me

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Herons are bigger birds. We saw two heron species today. We seldom see Green Herons in Colorado, so seeing this bird delighted me.

A Green Heron

A Green Heron

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We do commonly see Great Blue Herons here. But never before have I ever seen a Red-Winged Blackbird land on one. Actually, herons would make a great perch, because they stand so still. Until they find their prey.

A Great Blue Heron and a Red-Winged Blackbird

A Great Blue Heron and a Red-Winged Blackbird

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We can find both of these bird species throughout the Lower 48 states. But rarely so close together.


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bob Guetzlaff // Jun 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

    So many great experiences and places you go. And a wonderful photographer to boot!

  • 2 adrian // May 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm


    I’m almost positive the oriole above at Walden Ponds is actually a yellow-headed blackbird.


  • 3 jim pike // Feb 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    The “Bullock’s Oriole” in flight is a male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

  • 4 David Mendosa // Feb 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Dear Jim,

    Many thanks for your correct identification. I have asked my webmaster to fix it.

    With metta,

  • 5 David Mendosa // Apr 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Dear John,

    Thank you. You are right and we fixed it.

    Best regards,

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