Birds, National Parks and Monuments, National Wildlife Refuge, Nature Photography, Raptors, Rocky Mountains, State Parks, Water Birds

Exhausted and Exhilarated

I had company for the past few days.  We made a trip to somewhere every day.  The first day, we went to Barr Lake State Park and my friend saw and Eagle for the first time.  There were other firsts for her, like White Pelicans and Geese.  The next day was a visit to Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge and Lowell Ponds.  The third was a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park–and all day excursion starting at the Grand Lake entrance and driving the Trail Ridge Road the whole way to the Estes Park entrance.  The day was topped off by watching the rutting Elk and listening to their bugling.  Day 4 took us to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  Day 5 was going to be a trip to Garden of the Gods, but that idea was scrapped when I realized the Broncos were playing at home and traffic would be horrible.  Neither of us wanted to spend a lot of time in bumper-to-bumper traffic.  We decided on a trip to Cherry Creek State Park. Always a good place to see a hawk!

Each day there were more firsts for her, and for me, too.  Last evening as the sun was setting at Cherry Creek, I saw a Common Nighthawk–just one of my firsts during these visits.  And yesterday, a Rock Wren perched itself on my back fence.  Every day there is something wonderful to see or hear.  And what better place than Colorado to experience all these things?

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