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A splash of color in the mostly drab plumage of the spring avifaunae (particularly the icterids/ blackbirds), a male Bullock’s Oriole brightens up the season around Boulder. After spending its winter in the warmer climes of southern Mexico, the orioles return to the western U.S. to breed in the summer. They are one of only a few bird species in temperate North America that construct hanging nests from tree branches to discourage nest predators.

Tags:   Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii Boulder Colorado handsome devil

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A male Great Blue Heron collects a stick for presentation to his mate who is constructing their nest in a nearby tree. Despite their apparent size and six foot wingspan Great Blue Herons only weigh around 6 pounds.

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This male Great Blue Heron makes his way back to the nest to present this somewhat muddy stick slung over his back to his mate during their construction of their nest. Unlike most of their avian brethren Great Blue Heron populations have done well over the past 5 decades, tending to increase in numbers.

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Tags:   Great Blue Heron Ardea Herodias Crane Hollow Boulder County Hygiene Colorado nest construction

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Happy Memorial Day- thanks to all who have served in the armed forces, as well as those who have provided aid to the victims of the corona virus over the past few months. Though originally designated for veterans of the US Civil War (aka Decoration Day), Memorial Day has come to mean more, giving thanks to all who have sacrificed in some way to make our country and the world a better place.

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An American White Pelican cruises across Coot Lake as the sky begins to take on the warm color of the setting sun. I was in full landscape/ water reflection/ sunset mode when she/he decided to swim past me- a frantic change of the lenses and adjustment of the settings to "bird on water mode" worked out OK, though I didn't center this as well as I would have liked.

Happy World Biodiversity Day! (thank you James Page )

Tags:   American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Coot Lake evening reflection beak holds more than belly can stand up comedian of the avian world Boulder Colorado


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