Males, display colorful plumage attracting females for mating.
Searching for the “right” location to build a nest.
Females and males hunt for food to feed their young.
On a cloudy day, I captured these photos west of Loveland at a natural area called Bobcat Ridge. Flocks of Chipping Sparrows and American Goldfinches flitted in the Cottonwood and Crabapple trees, swooping down to eat in a beautiful field of Dandelions.
The next time you bend down to remove a Dandelion from your yard, take a moment to consider leaving it there to feed the numerous migrating and nesting birds that feed on these herbaceous perennial plants. The Dandelion is a beneficial food source for them.
My friend Linda and I decided we needed a photo day, so we headed west (toward Rocky Mountain National Park) out of Loveland to see what we could find to shoot. We happened upon not one, but two Llama farms. These gals and guys are fun to photograph.
As I mentioned in one of my previous post, the Bullock’s Orioles have migrated north. Some will nest and spend the summer here in Loveland, Colorado. I look forward to their arrival every spring and enjoy seeing them in my yard. I have seen six males at my feeders so far, no females.
These photos were taken using my Canon 70D with Tamron 600mm lens.