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.